Technically this is a NBD post but I don't have pics yet so I can't really claim NBD! I now have 2 G&L LB-100's that essentially the same except for the body wood: Bass 1: Alder Body (white / tort) 1/4 sawn w/rosewood board 1 5/8" nut Gloss neck finish Bass 2: Empress body (copper / tort) 1/4 sawn w/rosewood board 1 1/2" nut Satin neck finish When Bass 2 shipped from the vendor I put brand new strings on Bass 1 and didn't touch it for a week. I used the same strings G&L uses. My plan was to let the new strings age under tension without playing just like the string on the bass being shipped. Yesterday, Bass 2 arrived. I switch back and forth between them both solo and playing with tracks to see if I could hear any difference between them. And I could. Bass 2 gave slightly deeper lows and a bit more upper mids than bass 1. With finger style playing the bass 2 tended to be a bit more barky or snarly or growly. It had a "braaaap" presence to the tone that I really liked and it supported the note well. I tried some slap even though I'm terrible at it. Popped notes on bass 2 were brighter and more biting than bass 1. Slap notes had more definition and character. I noticed bass 2 didn't give smooth consistent volume. Hard to explain but it sounded like it needed compression more than bass 1. It might be a setup issue (pickup height?). Bass 1 gave a focused midrange sound. It was clean on the top but the real meat of the sound was the mids. Finger style the tone was more "brooom" rather than "braaaap". With slap playing this bass really came into its own. Thumb slap notes were consistent and clear. Popped notes were bright with a hint of darkness draped over the top. I found it easier to get consistent volume and cleaner playing out of this bass for some reason. Summary: So what do I think of empress? In a word - impressed. You saw that coming didn't you . The sound and playability are on par with alder but with a bit more clarity and bite. Nice. Oh and I love having a 7.44 pound bass! I'll post pics in another thread.