This is a great bass and still perfect in every way, not the first ding or scratch. It hasn't been out of my house since I bought it. It is truly a playable, and bad to the bone, piece of art. This is the real thing, not a foreign copy. it was built in the late 90's, 1999 as I recall, and it really growls. The neck is laminated strips of maple, babinga and wenga with a babinga fret board. The body is a maple core and each section is highlited withebony wood. The heel is walnut and the front, back and headstock are all nice thick burled maple. It comes with the original hard case. At XXXXXXXX I will be loosing money on it and I will also pay the shipping. It is time for me to move on to something else as I never got the hang of a 5 string. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.