I've had my Fender American Deluxe Jazz V for about a months worth of playing, so I thought I'd give an opinion. First, thanks to Peter Parker (Scott). A real standup guy who I would buy a used car from. This is a 2005 alder body, maple neck 5 string. Sunburst with mint (white) pickguard. About 9 lbs, maybe a bit less. The neck is just a bit chunky. Its reminiscent of a 70's era neck, but very playable. The fret work and nut are as good as I've ever seen on a bass at any price. Absolutely flawless. As a result, I can get the action almost as low as I like with vertually no fret buzz at all. Balance is well above average. Not perfect but no complaints. I think the sound of this bass is a bit more "modern" than some would have you believe. Maybe its the maple board, but there is some real high end zing here if you want it. The eq points seem a bit wierd, but it works in the real world, so who cares what it says on paper. The sound is certainly wider than my Tyler 5 or any of my stock 60's Fenders. It still sounds like a Fender, just a bit more modern. The preamp is dead quiet in the studio, and the batteries seem to last forever. The Tyler eats 18 volts for breakfast. This is not a "one bass does everything" instrument, but its close to it. I can get a burby "Jaco" sound or very usable "old school" sound with slight eq adjustments. I had my tech put a passive switch in the battery cavity in case I want to use a different preamp. So far I like the stock pre as much as my Sadowsky or Sansamp pre's. All in all, a very nice bass at a very reasonable price.