played the 2002 at a music shop today and liked how it played and sounded....really don't like the looks of them though, or any washburns for that matter. i was considering the fender active jazz before that but haven't been able to play one to hear it and feel it. with both basses having active pickups and (i think) the same adjustability with the controls are these two going to sound somewhat similar. the only other thing is the washburn has the string through body bridge where the jazz is the regular bridge....how much if any difference in sound playability etc. the washburn was nice but i just can't get the picture of a white or black jazz bass with the tortoiseshell pickguard out of my head......aaahhhhhhh. the washburn was natural finish by the way. also i am not in real big hurry to buy one as i have a standup to play on right now.