I read the reviews of this bass here on talkbass. I sat down with this bass yesterday morning in Guitar Center and messed around for a bit. I'm far too new at this to know what to look for, but I do know that I really like this bass. It's going for $650 and I'm willing to shell out that sort of cash for a good bass guitar, but I want to make sure that this bass is worth $650. I've only really played on one bass guitar. A Peavey Milestone that my friend gave to me in March, on which I've been teaching myself. It's got some missing/broken pieces, but it works. I want to invest in my own new guitar and I don't see the point in buying a new cheap ****** one, or a used one with dents and dings in it. What's your opinion on the Aerodyne Jazz for a first new bass? Also, i can't find out if this bass's pickups are active or passive.