After years of the "red-headed step child" status in my mind, Fender has finally come through. I did a search on this bass and the last thread was in November so we need to revisit this particular bass. I bought a used/demo version of this bass yesterday at my local Guitar Center for $899. I called before I went and they were very helpful over the phone, actually went through their entire inventory of five strings over the phone. I was very interested in this bass and went up for a comparo. The sales guy was helpful but clueless. He had no idea what the difference between 34" and 35" scale was??? Guitar Center aside, let's get down to the bass. This version is the ash body in aged cherry sunburst, maple fretboard and mint green pickguard. First impression was that the bass was visually stunning. It jumped out from the rest of the basses. We got down 3 basses for comparison and hooked them up to an Ampeg 4X10 rig. The others were a Yamaha TRB1005, SR5. The action on the Fender was a little high but still on first play was smooth and played fast. The neck shape is defintely "C neck" but not huge. I typically prefer a very slim jazz neck in a 4 string but despite the chunkiness of this neck found it very comfortable. This bass has "rolled fretboard edges" giving a very comfortable shape. No sharp fret edges here. And, NO dead spots! The abalone position markers are a nice touch as well as the silver logo on the headstock. Now for the important stuff. At first plug-in and play with the bass and amp flat and both pickups equal it sounds like a vintage jazz. I find this sound very nice and usable. When the P is soloed it is what you expect, big and punchy and when the bridge is soloed, like a soloed jazz pickup. I was hoping for a musicman sound here. I then set about tweaking the EQ and setting the bass to sound best to my ear. The bass/treble are stacked and the mid boost is the last knob. I ran the treble flat and bass and mid boosted for my best tone. It sounded so good to my ear that I could not put it down. The B-string on this bass was tight and punchy. As good as any I have played with few exceptions. For fingerstyle and slap I could dial in any tone I wanted. I then repeated the exercise with the other basses. The Yamaha was nice and came in second. Overall sound very modern and usable, fit and finish were good but not as good as the Fender. The Yamaha needed a fret dressing badly. The Stingray was great in sound and fit and finish but is, well, a Stingray with little tonal variation that I could get out of it. So, IMHO Fender has hit a home run with this particular bass (4+1 headstock, double hipshot string trees). It is a vast improvement over other Fender 5's I have played and deserves consideration if you are in the 5 string market. Overall, fantastic fit and finish, no dead spots, great B string. huge variaition of usable tones, can dial in THE vintage sound. I think I have another keeper. Sorry the review was not more detailed, maybe others can chime in here and fill in what I left out.