I've had my first Stingray for just under 2 weeks. It's a brand new Charging Green 4H Special and I am very, very impressed with it in many ways. The fit and finish is excellent, I love the roasted maple neck, it's fairly light at 8lbs 11oz and doesn't have any dead spots or buzzing issues that have been reported with the Specials. So far I am quite enamored with this bass and can't think of anything about it that requires "improvement" per say, but alas it's not "exactly" delivering the classic Ray aggressive tone I was hoping for. Being well aware of the conflicting opinions regarding the Specials and how tame or not they are due to the new preamp voicing and neodymium pups, I decided to give it a chance and have no regrets. But... I want my cake and eat it too. This may seem ridiculous to some but I have decided to swap out the preamp and pup for a Nordstrom MM4.2 pup and John East preamp with both being based on the original pre EB designs. I completely understand how many Special owners prefer the new tone and it's lack of harshness but I'm hoping to get that signature aggressiveness as well as the upgrades to the body, neck and tuners. I will be "downgrading" to 9 volts but that doesn't bother me in the slightest. Should be interesting.