After about a week with this bass all I can say is WOW! When I switched I wanted a 5 to work with and this thing has got to be a best buy, IMHO. The specs....5 string 9 volt active 35" scale, a very wide, but thin as in depth neck, a really nice see-thru red finish, nice tuners, they feel really smooth and hold tune very well. The balance is right on with a strap, and it weighs close to nothing. As some people have said, the EQ is set up, from front to rear of the bass, treb - bass - mid....very strange.The Balance control that blends the PU is VERY smooth from front PU to back. The PU, which are 2 jazz style, are pretty quite. All the controls feel very smooth, and ther are no sudden changes in volume thru-out there travel. The bridge is solid, and has a good amount of mass to it. The only problem I have with it is the way the neck is bolted on. It's a 4 string size back plate with for screws, and its off center to boot!It's on the high string side of the neck, and there is nothing bolted behind the B string. But it seems solid enough. Over all, this bass sounds, plays, and tweeks like a pro. I recommend it. PS The Basic 40 with a 12" just don't cut it...gas anyone?