I am a guitar player of 20 years and I just ordered an Ibanez ATK 750qm from MF, sight unseen. I needed a bass for recording and writing basslines although Im not a great bass player. I previsouly owned a mid 90s Japanese SR400 or 800. It was a fast "playable" bass. Almost like a cross between a guitar and a bass. I later has a cheap asian P-bass that had a more substantial feel that I liked but the electronics, fit/finish, and tone (*** is agathis?) were a nightmare. So I went to GC to check out the new Soundgear basses, and they are now made in indonesia, and seem to be using a less dense wood than my mahogany Ibanez sabres. I would never pay $700 for an indonesia guitar with such light wood. Also, IMO, a bass guitar should feel at least twice as substantial/solid as a guitar. There was a $500 scracth n' dent special on the 750qm antique sunburst which I should get in a few days. Everything Ive read says its a big heavy bass with lots of attitude and tonally versatile. And it looks great. I'm going to need to decide if I should keep it. Obvisouly if there is a major problem it goes right back. I try to buy used/cheap so that if I need to sell I dont lose too much. Questions: I just found that they were closing these out for $350 a week ago! Was that only the KOA finish ones or an older model year? The new Antique Burst ones are retailing for $700. Are the resale value of these really bad? If this guitar is in good shape, how much is it worth resale? Are the 750s going to hold more value than the 700s or 300s? Are they all made in Korea or did they change the manufacturing location somewhere along the way? Is the neck pickup worth it? I read some reviews of the older AT 700 and they loved it but wished it had a neck pickup. Then I read reviews of guys with the 750 who say the neck pickup is kinda useless. If this thing needs to go back, I could get a used 700 or buy a new 300 from MF. Are there any fit/finish/setup issues I should be aware of with this guitar? (Neck problems or other common to this line?) Thanks. I am really excited about this, I havent bought a "new" guitar from a store since 1997.