After about a week and a half, I finally got my hands on my F Bass BN5 today. My first impressions are as follows: Fit and Finish: Truthfully, I'd have to say that I'm not completely happy with the workmanship on this bass. It's actually quite a bit worse than the BN5 I checked out at a local music store (that bass was as close to perfect as I've ever seen). First off, there is a gap of approximately 1/16" on the treble side of the neck pickup. Next, the grain on the pickup covers doesn't really match that on the body. In fact, the same is true of the control cavity cover. It's not horrible, but it's very far from perfect. Furthermore, I can almost see into the control cavity from outside of the bass due to a gap around the cavity cover. When the bass arrived it had a few scratches and sketchy spots in the finish. Also, there is quite a bit of glue that squeezed out around the 22nd fret. All of these things are fairly minor, but disappointing nonetheless (to me, anyway). Playability: After I let the bass settle in for a few hours, I tuned it to pitch only to find it completely unplayable. Due to the humidity, the bass seemed to develop a slight back-bow. A quick truss rod adjustment got the neck back into shape, and the bass plays beautifully now. We'll see if it needs any more work once the adjustment has fully settled. I have to hand it to the crew at F Bass here: The bass is ridiculously easy to play. It feels to be roughly the same weight as my Zon, which is certainly a pretty light bass. Sound: This is where the F Bass really shines. No matter what I do, I cannot make this bass sound bad (even though my playing is pretty bad). With passive tone, a 3-band eq (defeatable, boost only), and a coil tap it's easy to coax tons of usable sounds from this bass. I would say that the versatility rivals that of my G&L L-2500. The BN5 is certainly more responsive to changes in playing style and right hand positioning than anything else I've played. Oh yeah...The slap sound rules, too! Conclusion: Despite being far from perfect in the fit/finish category, this bass certainly has it where it counts. It's a joy to play and has great tone with tons of versatility. If I ever buy another F Bass, I'll definitely go the used route. It's probably worth the new price, but just barely. Given that this is only the second F Bass I've gotten a chance to play, I can't make any concrete statements about overall consistency. I'll keep this bass unless I find a way to do a straight up trade on one that's a little better. There's no way I'll sell it with the used market in the shape it is right now. Though it may appear that I'm bad-mouthing F Bass a little, I would still recommend that everybody try one! I'm sorry if this seems a little hackneyed. I just figured it would be a good idea to get my thoughts down before I head off to bed. With any luck, I may get a digital camera in a month or two so I can take some pictures. **Here's an update on the whole situation**: George F., Rock City Guitars, and I have all reached a wonderful compromise, and I'm definitely a happy customer! I just want to thank everyone involved here for their support as well. I really don't think I can praise George and the staff of Rock City (both of you) enough for the excellent customer service. As you all already know, George Furlanetto does amazing work and does absolutely *everything* he can to make customers happy. The same things can be said of the guys at Rock City Guitars. I've dealt with quite a few stores, and Rock City is easily one of the best I've encountered. As long as they keep great basses in stock and I can make some cash, they can expect my business for sure! So, this story indeed will indeed have a happy ending. I'm so relieved!