OK, I apologize in advance for this looooong babbling post, but I am excited, and unfortunately, stuck at the day job, so I can't play it right now!!!! I ordered an Alder (with AAA Quilt top)/Morado P/J4 from Roger and the gang way back in mid-June. Finally, a day or two past 8 months, it arrived on Wednesday. First impressions upon opening the box and case: Wow!!! This thing is stunningly beautiful, without being overstated or too gaudy. I decided on the natural finish after changing my mind a couple times, because I really wanted the natural beauty of the wood to be the main thing visually. Man did they get it. I was obviously expecting a really nice maple top, but the fingerboard, to me is the most impressive looking piece of wood on the bass. I was a little suprised at how thick the fingerboard wood is, and how meaty the headstock is, but they definitely work and look good. Every detail of the wood joints, finishing, and fretwork, look impeccably clean to my eyes. The hardware is all top notch, and I LOVE the really heavy duty tuners. So, now to the important stuff!! Pick it up, out of the case, and start messing around unplugged. Clankity, buzz, clank!!!! Uh oh!! Upon closer inspection, the neck had settled back a little bit from the time it left the shop to the time it got to my house. Even at this point, though, I have to say the thing feels so nice in my hands. Love the feel of the neck, and the body molds nicely to my torso. The word "Mojo" has already crept into my mind just from a couple minutes of clankity buzz. Now instead of playing, I need to work on the setup a little. The spoke wheel truss rod was super easy to get to, and turn (this is a great idea, that I would love to have on any new bass I ever get). String height adjustments are a breeze with the bridge. I have been playing the same bass almost exclusively for the last 10 years (and am consequently very used to the way I have it setup), so I will be tweaking a little back and forth for a few days still, probably, to get the setup perfect, but with a few minutes of tweaks, I had the thing plenty comfortable. This bass feels so nice in my hands, I don't know how to describe. Definitely a player, and it's only gonna get better as I get used to it. Sound: Very consistent from the bottom of the E to to the top of the G string. The one thing that jumped out at me is that the lowest notes are just as clear and defined as the rest. Even dropping the tuning to a low D, that open low D sounds as clean and defined as any other note on the neck. Also, even with the dropped tuning, the feel was still tight - not floppy at all. The preamp is incredible. Great sound with everything set flat. Good P tone from the neck pickup, and lots of versatility, just by adjusting the pickup blend. My main tweak for different sounds is from the pickup blend and the passive tone control. For the more old school sound, I roll the passive tone all the way back, and for the more cutting modernish sound, I leave it where it is. The bass boost is frighteningly powerful. A little goes a long way. Cranked all the way, you might hurt someone (or your speakers)!!! I usually won't add much treble, so haven't played much with the treble boost, although the little I did play definitely sounded musical. The tonal possibilities are all over the map with this bass. Playing with one of my bands last night, I was spending lots of time (too much) tweaking knobs. I need to better define where to set stuff for different songs/styles, so at gigs, I am not thinking about it. Had a couple friends come over for a song writing workshop the first night, so I got to play around a lot in an acoustic setting with a small amp. Sounded great, blended great with everything. Brought it to a rehearsal with one band last night, and it sounded GREAT in the mix (the standard line I've heard from other Sadowsky reviews). The Drummer kept saying how much more ballsy I sounded, and was really liking the new tone. Unfortunately, I don't have any gigs this weekend, for a change, so I will have to wait til next weekend for the gig trial. Overall, though, I am very happy so far. Anyway, I am losing myself in all my babble, but more importantly, it's almost lunchtime, so I will go kill an hour with my new toy and my PHA-1. heeehee. I am like a giddy little kid right now. Final thought: The comment I've heard so much, "Fender on Steroids," seems like a great (albeit understated) description of this bad boy.