sorry for holding out on you guys...i went out and got a pair of ibanez eda's a couple weeks ago...both are 5 stringers, one is fretted, the other fretless. the fretted is the red rock flat color and the fretless is gray...the only available color. i've tried these basses out several times at the guitar centers and i've always been impressed with the sound i got from them throught the ampeg rigs. they both kill through my eden rig (dc-210 metro w/d-115xlt). i've ordered a couple bartolini pre-'s for them, as the elex are their weakness. i'm sure the barts will open them up quite a bit since they both sound so awesome unamplified. the fretted cuts with just a little bit of boost on the midrange from my amp and the fretless is just sweet. again i have to boost the mids. the bass and treble on these things are just killer. especially the upper register with the piezos dialed in about 3/4's of the way up. i have lots of good things to say about these basses. they have a lot of the features that i would have on my "dream bass," i.e. contoured body, great balance, the placement of the jack is even awesome (in the front and angled back a la fender strat), the body has a great odd shape (yeah, i'm weird.....and?), it's substantial though not heavy, perfect string spacing for my taste and imo the tone kills. again, my only gripe are the elex...the fretless has a great mwah...not really an upright sound, but more of a modern tone that cuts a little bit better. they honestly sound like maple bodied basses. the fishman system is pretty versatile, though difficult to adjust on the fly-there are individual string volume pots on the back of the bass behind the bridges, a bass boost pot and an overall piezo output pot. the front controls are mag pup volume, piezo volume, mag tone and piezo treble cut/boost. these are great basses for 600 bucks a pop, though many traditionalists (i'm not ;-) ) wouldn't be caught dead with one. the best thing is, when i go to a gig, no one will take me seriously....so when i bust out with something cool, everyone will be like "this guy rules!" ok, color me weird again...check these out. i think they're great.