So I was killing time this afternoon, and went into my old employer (circa 1989!) Guitar Trader here in San Diego... They had a used EBMM SUB 5 on the wall.. As it happens, I'm sorta in the market a 5 string fretted that I can slap... The strings were dead and it was kinda dirty (Sheeesh...) but it played pretty well... but I have question: In searching, I've read that the electronics are same-same with the Stingray.... Confirm? The neck is finished -- anyone know why? I didn't much like the feel of the finish (felt cheap) - that *is* a maple neck... right? Has anyone here stripped theirs? And lastly, they were asking ~$500 - - and I'm sure I could grind them a bit... Good deal? thanks much.