Maybe I've been out of the loop for too long, but it seems like the sound of the new Fender Standard Jazz basses has greatly improved. I plugged one in yesterday for the first time in a year or two and the sound was killin' with a really nice growl when I rolled off the neck pickup a bit. I hear Fender updated the pickups and I know they went from poplar to alder for the body wood, but still. These things used to sound a lot rougher and less defined. Way cool.