Okay, I know it's a little late at night, but Santa Claus just delivered my new Christmas present. It's a custom five string bass made by a company called DPBB (sorry, dunno what it stands for; but I'm guessing the second "B" stands for "Bass"). It's finished in a beautiful blue lacquer with an unknown wood body. DPBB calls it "Supertone" and it is a closely guarded secret. The fretboard is also made of this substance, and it has a maple bolt on neck. The electronics include one Lane Poor Soapbar (neck), one EMG J (middle), and one Bartolini P (bridge). It has an interesting switching system that allows you to select any combination of coils. So, for example, if I wanted to use the treble side coils of the bridge pickup, and then one of the coils of the Lane Poor, I could do that. Wow! The hardware is unmarked, but one really useful innovation is the "strap hooks". These hooks eliminate the need for strap lock systems by enabling you to securely and quickly attach any strap. So far, I've only played this bass through my practice amp, but I have to say that I am extremely impressed. The output of the three pickups isn't quite the same, although they seem to have compensated for that to some degree with their "Megatone" preamp. The bass has three output jacks--one for each pickup. If you just want to run them in mono, you can simply use one output. For stereo, you can use a stereo cable on the master output, or two individual mono cables on the first two outputs. When you use all three outputs, you can use a stereo cable in the master output for one and three, and then a mono cable in output three, or you can use individual mono outputs. The possibilities are endless! This is serious machinery for tech dummies like me, although it was pretty easy to figure out. However, if I want a simple Fender P or J tone, this bass has me covered. I just engage either the knob marked "P" or the one marked "J" and I have a great Fender tone! Wowzer! (When both knobs are on, there is no output). There is another knob but I can't figure out what it does. I'm sure it is functional, and it is aesthetically pleasing as well. These basses are kinda expensive, although DPBB did give me the "Ultraendorser" deal, so I paid a little bit less than most people would. They're definitely worth checking out though. I know a few other guys who have gotten their DPBBs and they have nothing but good things to say. I'm going to put all of my other basses up for sale pretty soon. I promise that I will have pictures tomorrow. What a great Christmas gift for me!