I've heard a lot of discussion, both here and elsewhere, about the merits of MIM Fender Jazz basses.. and especially, how if you were to swap out the bridge and pickups, you'd have a great axe for low $$. Since I've been jonesin' for a Jazz and have low $$, I'd been considering doing this. But Steve "Dude" Barr from Vintage Bass Trading Co. beat me to it.. and I'm about to be the proud owner of his experiment! Check this out.. Dude and luthier Michael Dolan decided to take a stock MIM Jazz and see just how far they could go with it. First, they took off the stock bridge, pickups and pots. They replaced them with a Badass II bridge, a set of DiMarzio Ultra Jazz pickups, and a J-Retro preamp! They also upgraded the tuning keys, and did a full shielding job. Then (and this was the real selling point for me) Dolan filed and dressed all the frets. Dude says both he and Dolan agreed that the finished product plays better than any Fender they've ever seen, and Dude says that strictly on playability, he'd put this bass up against any $2000+ boutique bass. And you know with a Badass bridge, DiMarzio pickups and a J-Retro, this thing has tone to spare! I'm getting this bass, with a gig bag, for $670, which I think is a flat-out steal, considering all the parts and labor that went into it. It should be in my hands sometime next week. Check out some pictures here: http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=637760&a=10717653 Thanks again, Dude! You da man.