i bought the Copley CBE-59NT. I LOVE IT!!!! pick ups that are made at the same OEM factory that makes musicman pups before they are sent off to musicman, neck-through construction, 5-strings, 5 woods, gold hardware and this is my first bass. lol. i have played guitar for years, and have messed with various basses over those years (no guitarist can resist playing with a bass when it's out in the open at one time or another.) i know a smooth neck when i feel one. this neck is SMOOTH!!!!!!. i had no problem ripping off some grooves on this baby. i was able to play with it the second i took it out of the box. and i am a guitar player saying this. i had no stress playing on this at all. i payed for it through eBay!!!! $325 with the shipping. NEWWW!!!!!! if you are looking for a new bass, or if you are out looking to start and want to spend under 5 bills for a decent playing bass, then you would be a fool to pass this up!!!!! this bass if the best kept secret out there right now. as my playing improves, should they get a 6'er available, i'm going to them first. if the bass plays this well for a starter (it's used by famous country acts: lonestar, emerson drive, trisha yearwood and etc), i'm serously thinking of buying my next guitar from them. if professionals play them that can afford the high end that we can only over (most of us anyway), you should give these Copleys serious concideration. if you don't like what i have to say...STICK IT!!! if you like what i have said and are still not finding yourselves racing to www.copleyguitars.com or eBay, then look at the posting left by Planet Boulder in Talkbass. it sold me BIG TIME!!! maybe it will sell you. if not, your loss. you cant beat this deal. and if you think the bass is cool, then (woooo hoooo!!!), the case for it is even better. tweed-over-plywood hardshell with gold plush interior. sooo vintage-like!!! BTW: case is extra, but for what you end up paying for the both you won't care.