Well, I did some trading, traded off my Stingray 5 even up for a Modulus Flea bass 5 string. I know this is definitley the first night of honeymoon stage, but I think this is quite possibly the best bass I have ever played. Neck feels awesome! Graphite is a new thing for me, but I am liking it so far. This bass is very light, much lighter than my SR-5, and whales lighter than my Spector. Hardware is top notch, and the tuners are the best I have ever turned....tight and SMOOTH. It has the single Lane Poor Humbucker, and I am unsure on what pre this has......it has a small circuit boardmaybe an inch and a half long, and normal wired pots from there. Action is perfect. As for how it sounds in comparison to a stingray, well it is actually closer sounding to a L2500. This thing gets some RUDE tone! IMO, it kicks the balls off of a stingray sound, with a heavy attack, this thing does some cussing. I couldn't be happier with the bass....I really think this one is a keeper. Now for the bad news, UPS can go..........whatever themselves. I got the box nice and beat up, and thanks to a classic UPS slam dunk or two, I have a nice crack from the neck joint. It appears to only be through the finish (Man I hope), but it still pisses me off. I asked the seller to please ship fedex, which he claimed he did, but the man in brown dropped it off today. The bass was put into a factory bass guitar box, filled with peanuts, and in a nice padded gig bag. It was insured for a grand, but I really don't want to give it up. And knowing UPS, they wil deny the claim anyway, saying it wasn't packed to their specs. Really pisses me off, but what can I do?????? This isn't the first time something like this has happened from UPS. I got 2 basses in one day a couple months ago. I got my Czech Spector from Fedex, which the carrier nicely carried it in, and set it down. I got my Essex about an hour later, and the guy walked into the shop, and slammed it on the floor, dropped one end downto the floor standing upright, and just let it fall flat from there. Did I mention I HATE UPS?????