I just have to post to let you all know that i just got my new SUB 5 yesterday. I haven't played it through my amp yet (Yorkville XM 100) but I have played it extensively on my Tascam Bass Trainer (wonderful birthday gift from my wife!) and my initial impression is that this is a great bass that really captuires the essence of the Stingray sound, perhaps better than a SR5 (I've owned two.) The SUB5 cam from Bassnw in great shape. That took a load offf my mind because this was the first bass I ever bought off the net. Once i tuned it, it played wonderfully with no buzzes. The bass was used and $399 but it had been so little played that the original $745 price tag was still looking untouched. I rolled the treble down a bit and i played along with Chic's greatest hits on my Tascam for about an hour. The bass went along with that music just fine, it was really great on " Good Times" and "My Forbidden Lover." The neck was smooth and fast and I had no problems playing anything. I still haven't slapped on the SUB5 yet, but I suspect that will go fine also. In terms of looks, this bass has a black matte pickguard, not an aluminum one, so I think it comes much closer to the original Stingray look. I'm really impressed with this bass and i would tell anyone, to consder a SUB5, even if you want an SR5. Don't let the painted neck and odd finish make you ignore a great bass. Afterall, the Bongo looks weird and has a painted neck and everyone loves it, why not the SUB too? I hope people aren't just being price snobs.