Today fellow TB'er cb56 and I met and did a cash and trade deal. I ended up with his old 55-01. He didn't like the wide string spacing. I haven't played it much yet. My daughter is fighting sleep and my Tascam Bass Trainer is hanging up in the effects sections so I can't get a clean tone. I have done some low amp playing and I like this basses tone. The finger sound is articulate and the slap sound is distinctly modern. This bass doesn't feel like an instrument that sells for $700 new. It's fit and finish, at initial glance seems on par with my SR5. I guess this would probably be a $1,500 bass if it were made in the USA. Although my SR5 has a great B string. The 35" scale on this bass does really let that low string boom. It reminds of my old Modulus Quantum 5 when I hit it. The neck feels great. It is wide and solid. It is exactly like the neck on a 55-94 that I have played in music store in St. Louis a few times. It will really be interesting to see how I respond to switching between my SR5 and it close string spacing and the wide spacing on my 55-01. This bass has a passive bypass, but that is purely a default. This bass was clearly designed to be played active. Appearance wise, this bass is black with black controls and chrome tuners. The fingerboard is rosewood. Although I prefer maple for its looks, this is very handsome bass. I got this bass to be a backup to my SR5, but I suspect it will end up being a co-partner. I know I have said before, but I cannot imagine having two better basses for less than 2K altogether. Unless I go boutique, I cannot imagine better performance. I will definitely lay off basses for a long while and improve my amp situation.