...as I drive away with my new Lakland? I've always loved Fenders, both the sound and the design. To my eye, they just look "right." Everything about them seems classic. As I begin to play professionally again, I have been in the market for another Jazz to go along with my current Squire Jazz. I recently put Fralins in it and it was a huge improvement. But as a working musician, I, of course, need two. I have driven all over town and played probably every available Fender Jazz and have been underwhelmed. Most needed a good set up and with at least a couple of the ones with the S-1 switch, the switch seemed to stick in the "on" position. I have looked on ebay periodically for a vintage instrument, but predictably, they were well beyond my means. Then I ran across a Lakland Darryl Jones model a couple of weeks ago. Looks enough like a Fender to satisfy that criteria, and plays like a dream. Fit and finish is great, as is the fret work. It is black sparkle (which isn't as cheesy as it sounds), with white pickguard, and bound rosewood fingerboard with block inlays. It has a somewhat smaller, more countoured Jazz-type body (ash) that fits me great (I'm kind of a small guy). I've played it for a couple of hours at home by myself this afternoon, and so far, I couldn't be happier. Looking forward to playing it at rehearsal with the band this week and gigging with it this weekend. Looks like Lakland has out-Fendered Fender.