I picked up my new Hybrid Hawkes from the carrier today and I can only say WOW!!!!!! This is a lot of bass for the money. Let me give my impressions after playing it for just a few minutes. There is good and bad, but mostly good. This bass moves a lot of air and is much louder than I imagined it would be. Compared to my plywood Christopher, it's no contest. The Upton is much, much louder. I have Spirocores on both basses, although the Chrissy has worn them for about six months. The tone is very punchy, rich in overtones and quick. I can get a lot more out of this bass with less effort. The set up is very good. Jack cut the bridge so that I have about 5mm on the G and 7-8 on the E string with plenty of room to go lower if I ever wanted to. The bridge is cut and shaped very well and the feet set perfectly to the top. The fingerboard is perfectly planed and polished to a mirror finish. The guys at Upton gave me the exact look that I was after on this bass. It's very dark and chocolate, with just a hint of red and amber tones. Just a bit of antiqueing and a matte finish makes the bass look like an old friend. Now a few negatives. The bass has a slight twist between upper and lower bouts that causes it to rock on a level floor. Also there are a few chisel or plane gouges in the top that one might expect in a bass in this price range. These minor flaws don't affect the tone or playability one bit. I also had a misunderstanding regarding the fingerboard. I would have prefered a beveled board and believed that I could specify that at the setup phase. Unfortunately, when Jack called me last week to tell me the bass was being setup, it was too late. I would have had to wait several more weeks and didn't feel it was worth it. The bass plays great with the rounded board. The Mooradian 3/4 bag fits like a glove. I bought a RSII pickup, but haven't spend enough time with it to comment. Over the past few months, I've played a lot of basses in, and above this price range. In my area, nothing below about $5,000 compared to the Hybrid Hawkes. Yes, there are pictures, but somebody will have to help me them.