I ended up getting a NSJ5CM 5 string all maple USA BO, with EMG soapbar and jazz pups. It is really nice, right here in town. I wanted to get a NT, but I was striking out everywhere. This thing has nice growl and well defined notes. It sounds drier than my F Bass, more like my Warwick Thumb BO. I can't figure out the electronics yet. I just got it home.