...the vintage modified series? It seems to me that the newer Affinity basses appear to be equal, with the added bonus of having Alder (albeit, assuming multi laminate) as a body wood. I'm in the market for a backup bass and the LPB Affinity J looks to be every bit on par with the current VM's, but a bit cheaper. More concerned about basic build quality then pickups, as I'll be completely gutting the bass anyway. It appears they've also switched to standard open gear tuners, as opposed to the cheesy little closed back jobbers they had on there. What say you?