Welcome Joe - to bass playing, to tb, and to this club! The Jazz Plus is a very nice instrument in many ways and as time evolved they are under-rated. The 80's brought "bass" into the spotlight with Punk and New Wave music featuring 'up-front' bass presence, aided by the advent of active electronics eventually developing in the "modern" sound of bass. Ned Steinberger and Phil Kubicki were the two biggest proponents of that development - pushing the design innovation envelope. Fender had just created the Fender Custom Shop and their re-association with Phil Kubicki lead to the creation of the bass you own. 22 frets, a compact redefinition of a classic J, high-end Schaller hardware and the Kubicki 9v pre resulted in a Jazz bass like no other. It was the 1st "boutique" Jazz bass. Not aware of a manual, although one may exist. Just be sure to un-plug when not using, as leaving it plugged in will drain the battery even in the "off" switch position. (and always plug into the active input if your amp has active/passive ports. Otherwise - enjoy your new bass!