Hi, I've played a few Tribby L-2000s in local stores and always admired the fit, finish, and playibility especially for their price points. I'm in the market for a new stage bass around $500-700 and have been looking at P/J configurations w/Jazz style necks. I had pretty much narrowed it down to a Fender Deluxe Active MIM model but I've been reading up on the Tribute SB-2's and these seem to get rave reviews. Only problem is there aren't any stores in my area that stock these so I'm a little hesitant to buy sight unseen. Can anyone compare these to the Fender? I like the simplified controls on the SB-2 and it sounds like the pick-ups are up my alley (I play hard rock so I want a nice low growly sound). Also can anyone post pictures of their basses? The stock photos on the G&L site are okay but I'm curious as to how "metallic" the black one is. Also, does anyone know of anyone who makes replacement pickguards for these. I like the look of the black model but would rather have the pearloid pickguard from the red model or a tortoise to break up the darkeness since it is a rosewood board. Your opinions are appreciated. Thanks.