I played a Fender Select Jazz Bass last weekend at a music store in Rehoboth Beach and I honestly could not tell you what made it a $3,000 bass. I was very beautiful to look at, almost sexy. But it didn't sound markedly better (maybe different) then any of my other JB's. And the neck felt kind of sticky to me. Maybe it needed a good cleaning? Apparently the construction and woods are superior to the "off the rack" models. But I was expecting to be blown away and wasn't. Maybe I'm more of a spam on toast caliber of bass player (shrugs). Does anyone here play one? Please tell me what you love about it. It may just have not been the one for me. You know, the wand chooses it's owner!