This may be a no brainer but what the heck. I just got an ABI 4 a couple weeks ago, I was wavering on a 5er at the time. I have since decided to commit. I was going to pull the trigger on another Whale Pool Blue ABI, but then I hesitated, Maybe I want an ABII. I've done some creative bookeeping and I can swing it. I think the ABI looks better but the II is built better and active. Bottom line is will the II sound that much better w/ the maple body and active electronics to make it worth the extra cost? Dingwall has no specs for the II on his site, just the I.