Hey all, I took delivery of my new Benavente bolt-on single cut "D" shape 4 string at NAMM this year. Chris was kind enough to bring it down personally from Oregon with his other NAMM basses. It has an alder body, 33" scale, spalted maple top, birdseye board, abalone block inlays, Hipshot hardware, and came with his new leather bag. My initial impressions: The bass is very, very well made. It oozes quality, and the quality of the woodwork is excellent! The bass weighs in around 8.8 poinds, and hangs wonderfully from a strap with no neck dive. It was set up well, and the fretwork is flawless. The neck shape is very comfy for me (J bass like), and with the upper horn sitting around the 11th fret makes 1st position access unbelievably comfortable! Playablity is lightning fast, and I can't believe that it's a 33"....super taught feel in the strings, but quick, quick, quick with the left hand due to the scale...I'm sold! The sound? I like the sound of the pickups, but I wasn't crazy about the preamp, so I swapped it out with an Aguilar OBP-3, and YOWZA!!!!! THAT made THE difference! Now, it sounds as good as any bass I've ever owned!! Really punches through the mix, incredibly burpy back pickup sound, and it's the only bass I've played where I feel like blending the neck pickup in with the bridge doesn't "tub out" the sound (I'm strictly a back pickup guy, but this sounds great with the two blended, favoring the bridge). I might consider dropping in some Nordstrand Fat Stacks after hearing a bass that Carey just finished....OMG!! His Fatstacks are just obscene!! I really like the pickups in there now, but if I can get close to what I heard at carey's shop....look out! Brian and Chris were an absolute pleasure to deal with, and they were helpful at every step....they're tops in my book! Here's a pic...you guys dig?