Update: I'M KEEPING IT (see details below)!! For Trade Only at This Point (unless you REALLY make it worth my while) As much as this pains me to do, I'm putting my ST-5 up for trade. I'm just think I'm ready for a change (well possibly, if you make it worth my while ). I'm not trading this for junk, so please don't come to me with offers of anything made in Mexico or Asia (no offense). I'm looking for another 5 string and I'm NOT a fan of J pickps, so it needs to have soapbars. I also don't do passive basses. I'm looking for something boutique, 35" scale. Here is a description of my baby: LeCompte ST-5 electric bass, serial #6. Handmade in the USA. Features Two piece ash body Walnut top w/ flush inlayed spalted elm faux pickguard Three piece ash and maple neck Dual action truss rod Macassar ebony fingerboard Medium jumbo frets Bone nut, 1 7/8 inches wide Gotoh tuners ABM bridge, 18mm spacing Chrome metal knobs Bartolini 72M55C soapbar pickups Bartolini NTBT 3.3 A/P preamp w/coil splitter switches Treble and bass stacked knob, blend knob , volume knob with passive switch (pull the volume knob for passive) Spalted elm and walnut pickup covers Separate battery box Body finish - hand rubbed catalyzed lacquer Neck finish - satin polyurethane finish 35" scale length The bass is in AWESOME shape (9.5 out of 10). No buckle rash, etc. I'm really going to nitt-pick here so here it goes. The only marks on it is a slight nick in the walnut (1/8" x 1/16") in between the pickups and there was a little gouge on the inside of the upper horn that has been professionally repaired by local famed luthier John Thurston former owner and master luthier of KT Guitars (made guitars and basses in the 70's and 80's that gave any Alembic a good run for thier money). You really can hardly tell that there was a gouge there unless you REALLY, REALLY look for it and it was not big at all to bgin with (I am just very anal about my basses). One of the pickup covers has a few light marks on it from when I occasionally use a pick but I had Bud LeCompte make me a new one that I've just been holding (it's never been installed). Again, I'm REALLY nitt-picking here as the bass is a solid 9.5 out of 10, but make sure that I always disclose all. It plays like a DREAM. Super low action, NO fret buzz, the bart soapbars and pre-amp are amazing. Bud REALLY took his time on this bass and it shows. Yes, it's that nice. As good as ANY boutique bass I've seen or played. I currently have Ken Smith Bass Burners on it (nickle rounds) that seem to suite the bass very well. The bass has a slightly darker in finish in person. Bud took the first several pics below in high-natural light. The last picture is what the bass looks most like in terms of finish color in most light conditions. More pics and info can be had here --> http://lecomptebass.com/stock/serial6.asp. Comes with a Kaces tolex covered hard shell case in great shape (8 out of 10). If you don't have good selller/trader feedback here, I'm not going to send you my bass until I get yours (sorry, it's that valuable to me). Shoot me your offers. Again, NO JUNK. Thanks all!!!