The coolest music ever in the summer of 1965 comes through the transistor radios we all listen to. Seems plain enough: My own mystery date with a new bass! (another 1965 clue ) Mine is the StingRay I bought new from a brick and mortar thirty-nine years ago. And, until this moment, is my bass; my one-and-only bass. No matter how strange my life's path, my bass stayed with me, and I with my bass. It is what is important to me. Has always been, is now. Full scale bass, check. Iconic tone and presence, check. My Ray is perfect for me. The Ray, though, is now older, like me. All the dents in the headstock ... doorways, cymbals. That there freckle happened when I tripped walking on to a dark stage. And so on. The finish is brittle these days, and my Ray gets all the TLC it deserves. It seems to me time my Ray goes into semi-retirement, methinks, and looking for a new voice for the bass tones I hear. A new voice that sounds just like the summer of 1965 is just what the doctor ordered. Chrome. Twiddly knobs. Chrome. Blue Blue. Mystery Date WIN! Selected without ever having played a short scale before, without ever having played a semi-hollow bass before; and without ever having owned a passive bass. Took a leap of faith and here it is, my very own Mystery Date NBD, a Chowny CHB-1: this is just minutes following the unboxing. Smrtphone pix in variable light that is far from ideal. That's okay, hey to-morrow I can shoot some proper photos. Except it's to-morrow now and there's a thunderstorm rolling through. What the hey, just think of these as Kerouac pix, done without revision as the event of NBD occurs in real time. Odin wants to know what's here: The slightest shift in the light changes the entire appearance of this flawless blueburst! Oh yeah and it's got a blueburst headstock too: You gotta know this one is plugged in as soon as I can get a guitar strap on what feels to me very wide strap buttons. A three inch Franklin picked for this bass arrived long before the bass was ordered. It's the strap a pic or two above: chocolate leather and white cinch strap material. First thing is it doesn't feel the same, not sure how I'm going to hold this bass. This semi-hollow body is big. I knew I wanted something completely different from my Ray and here we go with the obligatory first impressions! Fit and finish is superb. There must be some trivial blemish somewhere waiting to deflate that observation, but below my radar. What came out of the shipping sleeve feels of extremely high quality. Everything out of the box is as good as or better than expected. Fret work is great and there are no fret sprouts. It's 1 5/8s at the nut and the neck feels very good to me. Tuners feel solid. The sound ... mwahahaha just what I have in mind, which is about as good as it gets.