I'm a lurker here, aside from the odd post or two, just looking for a comparison of the two. At the local music store there was a Hw1 Jazz on the wall I decided, to try. I liked it, especially the finish on it. The store also has the CIJ 62 RI available for special order (the US pickups one), so I cant play it unless I buy it. The two cost about the same from where I can get them and I was just wondering what people thought about the two basses. I've been a P person for my short 5 years of playing and this will be my first Jazz. Which one would you go for? Like I said I love the finish on the Hw1 and I understand it will wear away like a vintage instrument in time because of the nitro finish. I apoligise if there is a thread already like this, if there is can someone please point me in the right way? Thanks.