Well, I took advantage of the clearance at MF and snagged the final black 5L for $549. It showed up a couple of hours ago (along with my new Taylor acoustic g***r), and it is a real blast to play. You guys were right--these basses are so incredible. And with the factory direct pricing they'll soon have, I'm sure they'll turn out to be an even better deal. Anyhow, mine's black with the silver pickguard--looks very classy. Folks, these basses are a great deal! I have a few very nice ($$$$) basses, and this one is an incredible value for what you get.