I recently foolishly sold my (non-lacquer) 50's Classic Precision, and a few weeks later regretted selling it, so I pulled the trigger on a Classic 50's Lacquer this morning. Should be here sometime next week. I've never been a fan of ordering online without playing the bass first, but I've had two of these over the years and they both were great and very consistent in regards to sound, fit and finish. The last one just didn't seem to like the higher tension of heavier gauge flats, and I'm not a fan of TI's or other low tension flats. I was torn going back and forth between getting another non-lacquer 2-tone sunburst and buying a Fender hardshell case for it, or going with the lacquer version that comes with a hardshell case, but after the same discount on each bass, it ended up costing the same, so I just went for the lacquer version. I'm not a believer that wood "breathes", or one finish produces a more resonant tone over another, etc. That's all crap! it's more about the luck of the draw and getting one where the body and neck just happen to create an instrument that just sounds great! Also wasn't the biggest fan of the black, but I've ALWAYS, and I mean ALWAYS owned sunburst basses, electric guitars and acoustics, and I like the contrast of the maple neck with the black body and gold pickguard. Looks even classier with covers and a tug bar, and I just happen to have those in my parts bin. Will update once it shows up next week!