Whoa! People have called the American Deluxe Precision 5 (ADPV for the search engine) one of the best 5-strings that Fender ever made and I can see why. Fender has discontinued this bass and I also see why. I've really begun to understand that many P-Bass players tend to like their basses "Point & Shoot." Two knobs, no waiting. They can be purists who want a minor variation on a single theme. No twiddling between pickups, no screwing around with a bunch of switches. Plug it in and let me hear the split-p pickup do it's pure unmitigated thing. I totally understand that. On the other hand, there are some of us who like and appreciate that pure P-Bass tone but would like to tweak it a bit. Sizzle it up with more high end. Thicken it up with more bottom. Make it even more mid-focused to punch through a dense mix. The ADPV gives you the ability to do all of that -- and with the Bill Lawrence pickup in the bridge, if adds just a little more complexity to the tone for some additional flavor. If a passive P-bass is like Salt & Pepper, the ADPV is like seasoned salt and Tabasco. The P tone is definitely there but there's some "Extra" in the mix. I can certainly understand how P-Bass purists would shun this bass -- to the point where Fender would discontinue it and introduce it's totally passive cousin. I can also understand how some folks could fall in love with it for all it's versatility. I know it's early in the relationship (let's chat again after I play it in [DEL]couch[/DEL] church this Sunday), but I definitely think that this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship -- this bass kills!!!