I own a beautiful Fender Professional Jazz bass. No issues with it. I'm just not a Jazz bass guy, although I do like the thought of having one around. Thinking the Player series might work for me. I'm not worried about the hardware and pickup differences. I would be curious to hear if anybody can compare the necks on these, or even with the Am Std jazz. I'd probably say I preferred the Am Std neck over the Pro... probably due to the frets. Also, what is really given up by losing the graphite rods in the neck? Thanks.