Just got my first chance to mess with this thing yesterday. For a select few of us, the new Squier stuff has become a well kept secret. Here's the skinny on Squier's new Cat... Basic specs are the same as the rest of the classic / VM series; Agathis (pine) body, maple neck, rosewood board. This model sports pearloid block inlays and, true to form, detented tone knobs for each pickup for a vol/tone, vol/tone setup. The pickups, although still branded as "Duncan Designed" are also different. The DD J-pickups found on the VM Jazz are Alnico and the P & J pickups on the Jaguar are Ceramic... and solo'ing the bridge you can hear the difference immediatly. This is an incredibley agressive sounding bass. I like having the incremental detents on the tone knob... its easy to remember settings on the fly. After some jazzy back-pickup fingerstyle burping, I lowered the action, cranked both pickups full up, dailed the tone back 2 clicks on the P pickup and BAM.... grimy fingerstyle city.... Iron Maiden and Testament style. I'm really not a fan of the body style, but this is one agressive sounding bass... and even knowing they're fake, having big pealoid blocks under my left hand brings out the Geezer Butler in me..... The thing that just knocks my socks of with these new Squiers... putting them next to a Mexican Fender.... the fretwork on the Squier is superior, the rosewood is of a tighter, more vibrant grain, the sanding seems more polished, the finish is as good or better, and overall fit and feel is better all around... for $250 less across the board. I dunno if globalization is a good thing in the big scheme of things, but I sure like having a playable bass for $300!!