FT: unique Schecter CV-5 5-string J/MM (one of 10 or less) This is a rare-bird Schecter. In 2006 they made less than 10 of these basses that used a special retro two-tone Schecterbacker style headstock. In previous years (2004 2005) they used the standard curved maple Schecter Jazz style headstock. Schecter says that between 2004 and 2006 they only produced a handful of these basses as prototypes of sorts for specific markets. These prototypes had unique sized Duncan Designed pickups in them and Seymour Duncan preamps with mid freq. (slap) switch. When they got an exclusive deal with EMG to use the EMG electronics the CV-5 basses made with the Duncan pickups were discontinued and the EMG stocked C-5's took their place. The same C-5's you would find anywhere today. This bass has been upgraded to custom Kent Armstrong Jazz and Musicman pickups, as well as an Aguilar OBP-3. CONSTRUCTION: 6 Bolt-On BODY: Alder - Figured Maple NECK: Maple with Two-Tone Headstock FINGERBOARD: Rosewood FRETS: 24 Jumbo SCALE: 35" INLAYS: Dot BRIDGE: Top Load or Thru-body TUNERS: Grover HARDWARE: Black finish PICKUPS: Custom Kent Armstrong Jazz and Musicman pickups (Rail design pickups which IMHO gives better string to string sound consistency) ELECTRONICS: Aguilar OBP-3 3-band preamp. Pickups wired with 3-way switch BATTERY: 9V compartment on the back. FINISH: Figured Black Cherry MISC: Dunlop Strap Locks & strung with SIT Silencer Strings * Basses stock setup was Vol/Blend/Mid 400/800 Switch with B/M/T 3-band. ** Basses current setup is Vol/3-way pickup mini-switch/ with B/M/T 3-band. Mids are wired to 400hz, but easy to switch back to a 400/800hz switch or even sweep-able mids via knob. With this setup the second big black knob is currently just a dummy knob (isn't wired to anything). It could be wired for a passive Tone control, or Blend knob as the bass originally was wired. This bass definitely leans toward being modern sounding. When using the Musicman pickup alone it is very punchy lowmid/mid tone that's very present in a mix. When using the Jazz pickup alone it is full and thick sounding with good low end and nice clarity. When blending both you get a nicely complex bass sound that is somewhere between and combining both. If I am not needing a true Musicman sound or mellower sound I'm almost always in the middle position with both pickups active. Trades: Pretty open depending on what comes my way. 5-string Jazz type, 4-string P or P/J, Musicman type, etc. Personally I've not seen another Schecter identical to this one. .