Yesterday, the wife and I were in Best Buy. I didn't know they had expanded and gotten a music store inside, so my love went off to do her thing and I hung out in the music section, of course. I asked to play a Jazz bass. I thought it was some sort of MIJ 60s reissue, probably bc of the sunburst/tort combo. It turned out to be an American Standard. Boy these have improved since almost ten years ago when I worked in music retail. The neck seems even thinner than they used to be, and believe it or not, I have never played a bass with maple fingerboard. I loved it. Damn. I had two Jazz basses in the past. A MIJ I never bonded with, and a HORRIBLE MIA 62 reissue lemon. I kind of swore them off. I'd never played one I liked. Now that thin neck is haunting my dreams. But, it's universal appeal bothers me somewhat. It makes the Jazz tone a bit "generic" doesn't it? I mean, I have prided myself for years on having unique tone. My Ric has flats and stays muted. Quite lovely and distinctive. Sorry just rambling.