I played one in a shop today with a maple fingerboard. I couldn't get a good sound out of it. Very low output pickups. I had to turn the gain to halfway up on a Fender Rumble 500 with 2 10s. All other basses I played the gain was about 9:00. I couldn't get a good sound out of it. The Fender Special Edition '70s Jazz Bass I played for a long time before it felt and sounded great. A lot of usable tones in it. Even palm muting with a pick was good. I'm not a slapper nor have I played a '70s Jazz Bass before. I'm very impressed.