Man, I bought this one on the 'Bay... I was shocked at how good it is. I bid on it because it was going for about $125 less than what I've noticed the last few go for, so I just bumped it until I hit the reserve and left it. Nobody else ever bid. I really liked the neck on my SR500, it's got a wenge/bubinga neck with what claims to be rosewood fretboard (if it's rosewood, it's a very dark piece... I think it looks like ebony with a sprinkle of open pores)... anyway, the neck on the SR3005 is a good bit nicer. Wenge fretboard, the frets feel more like jumbos than mediums, and the edges are rounded into the fretboard a lot nicer. There were a few things wrong that needed correcting, like the monorail bridge setup needed some help. As soon as I got this out of the box this morning, I heard something rolling around inside somewhere. It was the screws that lock the saddles in place (kinda awkward to adjust the intonation, BTW). They fell in the routed areas under the bridge pieces. Waht a pain. I had to take 3 of the bridge pieces off just to get it back in working order. No biggie though. After the bridge was lined out, I started looking over it. The listing said that it was a used bass, but it must have been used very lightly. No scratches, and it still had all the factory stickers on it, including the film over the battery cover and preamp cover plate. I think I still paid too much. but right now it doesn't matter, because I think I'm keeping this one.