Be warned as this kinda long. I have tried resisting but the GAS hit me pretty hard for this past week. It all started when I received the latest Bass Player magazine which had an advert on the back cover with a pic of flea surrounded by the shell pink regarding the new Flea model road worn Jazz bass. That was it and I ended debating over purchasing, asking myself do I really need another Jazz bass and then finding one available from the major stores. So in the end I bought got it a few days back. I gave it a full once over and here is my initial breakdown and review comparing it between my RoadWorn Jazz and 61 custom shop Jazz bass with concentric stacked controls. Weight comparison: Flea - 9.102 pounds RoadWorn - 8.5 pounds CS - 9.172 pounds The pickguard had a powder residue which I guess was supposed to be part of the aged look but comes off easily with a quick wipe. It is the standard 64 vintage pickguard. No additional holes in the body for the thumb rest or pickup covers. Would really love Fender to work on a more accurate vintage pickguard but c'est la vie. Even though the CS vintage models seem to have a mysterious brown tort guard that differs from there other non CS offerings. The Flea finish is a great nitro(even smells good) but the road wear patches seems too sharp as if the paint flaked off rather than years of your skin wearing on it. Hoping the sharp lines will fade with use. Fleas' real jazz does have wear around the areas but the exposed areas appears whiter almost like there is an undercoat of pain beneath the shell pink. On the topic of shell pink it is more pink than I expected. When you see flea playing it appears more off white in pictures but this one is pink. Neither RoadWorn bass has the awesome finish checkering that the Custom shop has. The Flea neck and the RoadWorn neck seems the same. I love the feel as they are both very fast players. I think the Flea has a thicker piece of rosewood vs the RoadWorn. The custom shop has the best wood and finish. The bolt on neck plate with Fleas signature and smile. I am fine with this but others might want a standard plate. The pickups sound better than the Road Worn model but to my ears not as full as the Custom Shop. With the Nickel Plated Strings and the differing 64 pure vintage pickups the Flea sounds nicely aggressive and a very nice slap n' popper. When comparing all three the CS feels, plays and looks the best. But I still enjoy having the roadworns and recommend both. In personal satisfaction rating they go CS, Flea Jazz and then the Road Worn. Just sharing my thoughts and observations.