On September 10, I ordered a brand new L1500 from KTJMusic.Com in Scottsdale AZ. The expected delivery time was Christmas, but it arrived this afternoon (October 30). This is super fast, considering it was built to order, and delivery time as of this writing is now 4 months. The total price including shipping is $874.99, and this includes the molded plastic case, ash body, sunburst-3 color scheme, and ebony board option on the #7 P-width fretted neck. The bad news: the plastic case is fractured at one of the "feet" on the bottom edge. KTJMusic is working with me now to get UPS to pay a claim on this case. I expect a root canal to be less painful than dealing with UPS. The good news: wow, what a bass! The finish is stunningly beautiful in every regard. The sunburst-3 over ash is perfectly executed and the bass is almost stark in its simplicity. The 2001 and newer models are now using solid brass bridge saddles. Weight is 8 pounds, 4 ounces on my beam balance scale, factory strings and no strap. Very light indeed. 8 lbs, 4 oz - L1500 9 lbs, 4 oz - MIM J Fretless 9 lbs, 8 oz - MIM P 10 lbs, 12 oz - Fender RB5 10 lbs, 12 oz - MM Stingray5 Neck thickness is 0.808" at the first fret, and 0.955" at the 12th fret. This is wood to wood, and does not include the fret height. Even though the #7 neck is 1.75" wide at the nut compared to 1.625" for my MIM P, it is very fast and skinny feeling. The ebony board is just plain beautiful and the balance is perfect... No neck diving of any kind... take your hands off, and the bass hangs exactly where it was. Without a magnifying glass, I can't see the bi-cut neck joint where they installed the truss rod. My stage amp lives in the back of my truck, so I won't get to hear it until tomorrow night. I have my Peavey Minx 110 practice amp in the house, but I kinda want to hear the L-1500 for the first time through my big rig.