I recently purchased a new 2005 Fender Marcus Miller 5 string MIA jazz bass in vintage white. I own several Fender basses, from an original 66 P to a 99 Custom Shop J, I can honestly say the Marcus Miller 5 is truly a work of art. The balance is incredible. The neck is the sweetest and fastest 5 string neck I have ever played. Considering it's an ash 5 string the weight is perfect. This bass is exactly what I've always wanted.....until I plug it in. With the preamp turn on, at any setting, it's horrible. It doesnt matter where you set the controls. The tone either goes from a high Marcus (sort of) ping to an overdriven distorted fuzz sound. With the preamp off it creates a hollow, cheap upright sound with very low output. In addition, with the preamp off, the treble and bass boast do not function. I'm considering installing an East retro U Deluxe on board preamp instead of whatever it is that Fender installed at Corona. I've also considered changing out the pickups as well, although I'm not sure to what. I'm not trying to sound like Marcus. I'm not sure anybody can, except Marcus. My reason for laying out almost two-grand was to purchase a nice versatile Fender 5 string that like most Fenders sounds at home playing Jazz, Blues, Funk, Rock or anything in between. If I can't figure out a way to square this thing away, it's going to wind up on Ebay.