i picked up a JAEbird from a fellow TBer a couple weeks ago, and for those who are not familiar with the JAEbird, they are a custom made Fender Bird from index and i wanted to noodle around with it and what not before i went on here praising or ranting about my new bass. Well, that being said this bass is amazing, and i simply love it. I been a 5 stringer for about 10 years so i was just a little concerned when the deal went down, but not any longer. This bass has moved up in my arsenal to the starting line up and it is going to be my main play! i currently own a Gibson Tbird 5er, a Lakland 5501, Lakland Jerry Scheff 5, and epi tbird IV pro and a Goth epi 4. the tones i can dial in through my SVT 4pro and 8x10 are amazing the neck and fret work are better than anything i currently own, and i love its feel. I plays yes, i will say it like butta! the neck is fast and i love the maple board. the craftsmen ship on this bass is flawless, in every aspect. the finish and color are amazing i cant say enough great things about the job Carlo does. and i will definately fly this bird proudly! i would highly recommend anything from Cataldo basses, you can the amount of pride that goes into their instruments in every aspect possible.