Got it second-hand, but it's the newest series. My seller used it for a bit but bills are pressing, so I got it. So. First reaction: this thing is COOL. I've always said my ideal bass tone would sound like a soaking wet 800-pound bumblebee -- big, sprwaling, loose, splattery -- and the Ashbory does that. It seems to have the delayed swell signature of a string bass, too. It is also quite deep-toned -- more so than my Carvin fretless, although the output signal isn't as hot. I can get plenty of treble out of it, but it sounds better to my ear with the treble down at around 6, bass full open. The E string is a little muffled, but I can feel some wear lumps on it so I'll file another report after my strings come and I play a gig with it. We have a few walking songs and I'm definitely going to try it out. Another thing that surprised me when I first picked this thing up was the fit and finish of it. Honestly, I was expecting a canoe paddle with fret lines painted on it, but the neck is shaped very nicely and the fret lines and fretboard markers appear to be inlaid and then covered in the clear gloss finish, and the neck edges are bound. The fret markings are accurate all the way up the full 24 frets, which I also didn't expect. (Though I do have to switch to a finger per TWO frets, like a violin, in the upper octave.) The whole thing speaks considerably more quality than I expected, so I'm pleasantly surprised. I might have bought it even if it hadn't been this nice, but it's icing on the cake.