I keep getting myself in trouble. I thought the Status was my ultimate axe. Unfortunately, I played a WOOD bass at practiced and remembered the definition of "Sterile Tone" when I picked it up again. That, and I saw Rhonda S on MTV w/ Prince and was digging her active J tone. So I remembered where I left off last time I was looking at another bass. The F Bass BN5. It seemed to be the end all solution: Classic J bass meets active preamp and has splitable pickups. The questions, which I may have asked already (forgive me), are these: Is there a way to get 24 frets on a BN5? Were there years that they may have done that and discontinued? Or do I have to get a 6? If you were comparing the output, tone, and reliability of the F to a Fender USA Dlx, what would you say? You know, regarding its behavior in weird weather, how it hits the preamp of the amp, how often it needs service, its fret durability. How does it rank among J bass "clones", so to speak, in authenticity of tone, output, clarity, etc? Thanks, and forgive any repetitive questions.