As usual i failed to make my point. Any of the basses i’ve been through in the last few years were capable of being outstanding with just a bit more work. As I suffer from terminal tinkeritus they are right up my alley. Point being, the potential to be outstanding existed in all the MIM J basses that have passed through my hands. Some were outstanding after fresh strings and a good setup, others required a bit more but nothing that couldn’t be easily done by a competent luthier or a dedicated hobbyist. If you insist on it being outstanding when you pick it up you limit your choics to mostly customs and a handful of mass produced models, but with a little sweat equity or a trip to a decent tech, a $500 bass can hold up to a $5,000 bass for less than a grand in total outlay. If you’d rather spend the big bucks, that’s fine, i just love to tinker.