A few years back I was doing a session and the producer pulled out his original Ex-Factor and handed it to me. The artist thought my Pedulla sounded too "Jazzy" It had a hideous salmon finish, but we plugged it in through an Avalon Pre and started tracking ... the thing sounded so good I went on a quest to buy one. I ended up buying a first one in seafoam green that was advertised as "pre fender", but when it arrived it felt nothing like the bass I'd played in the studio. I emailed Phil Kubiki and he told me that based on the serial number, that was a 1989 Fender made Kubiki. 1989 is the transition year. I sold it for what it was at a loss. Then I found this one, confirmed that it was made in Phil's Santa Barbara shop. Its black, and it is a player, not a museum piece... this is just like the producer's bass. It has a great big, versitile sound, but it just doesn't get played very often and I've got some GAS bills to pay off. With the 32" scale and good fretwork, this thing plays lightning fast, and the preamp makes it sound absolutely huge for fingerstyle, pick, or slap ... it doesn't need any help from a colored amp to sound big. Includes Original Hardshell case (missing one latch). Looking for $1000 shipped in the lower 48, but make offers.