I just picked up a beautiful MusicMan SR5 HH with a transparent cherry finish. I will seriously have to get a camera because this is as good looking a bass as I have ever seen. Before I got it, I checked out some less expensive basses because I was a bit a reluctant to trade in my MIA Fender Jazz V. The one bass that almost made me not get the Stingray was an Ibanez SR506. That bass has a mahogany body and I think a mahogany and wenge neck and it has tone for days. Head to head with the SR5 HH, the sixteenth note finger funk tone of the SR506 sounded better to than the SR5HH to my ears. In all fairness, I liked the action better on the Ibanez and the SR5 HH improved after I got the tech/salesman (who is a great bassist too) to increase the relief in the Stingray's neck. That said, the Ibanez is less than half the price of the STingray and it can seriously hang tone wise. The string spacing is a bit tight but I can slap on the bass with no trouble. Believe it or not, I am seriously out of the market for a while now that I have this Stingray 5 HH, but I sure wouldn't mind a SR506 in my future. In fact, if I weren't afraid that I would just want that Stingray later, I would have gotten that SR506 today!