So, played one yesterday. Ash with maple. Passive. Glad it wasn't a color combo I liked (it was vintage natural with the vintage tint neck). I may have bought it! MIA Fenders are an afterthought for me now. IMO it bested any of the one's I've played and gives any Metro a run for it's money. Slap a Sadowsky (or other) pre-amp in it and I think you may have one of the best Jazz Basses out there. The bass was flat out awesome. It's on my "short list" of basses to own.