i tried a MIA 4 string jazz through a roland 112 100w combo today at allans music in kew. in australia, these basses retail for $2799 AUS. My SX 4 string vintage jazz cost me $299 AUS from MelMusic. therefore, the fender costs 936% more. here comes the controversial part... IMO it was only worth about 100% more. Fender must be kidding themeselves with their pricing, playability was slightly better than the SX, but $2400 extra??? the pots felt of about the same quality as the SX, the neck was SLIGHTLY faster, but nothing some practice can overcome, and the tones were unbelievably similiar. the fender WAS better than the SX, but not 936% better IMO!!! No Way, not this one atleast. Just goes to show that the SX's are truelly a fantastic bang for your buck proposition. IMO, i can't see why anyone would want to spend that much on a new fender. they make fantastic used buys, but i wouldn't purchase one new. i haven't played a ken smith or a sadowsky, alembic, spector,....... but i would either use the cash saved to upgrade the PU'ps on the SX, or i would save up and get one of the aforementioned 'boutiques'. god bless.