Check out what my wife to be bought me! This is the finest instrument I have ever touched. Its perfect for me. Specs: NECK: Bolt-On 3-Piece-Laminated Neck of Hardrock Maple FINGERBOARD: Quartersawn Rosewood Fingerboard w/ Mother of Pearl Side Dots BODYWINGS: 3- Piece laminated Body Wings consisting of Highly Flamed Tiger Maple Top & Back with a Black Walnut Core The flat sound is "the" sound in my head. The high end is so sweet sounding. Plus with the eq you can dial in a ton of tones. I LOVE the back pickup tone with the highs rolled off a bit & bass boosted a bit. Cuts like a knife. I just wanted to say that the guys at bass emporium could not have been nicer & easier to work with. They took the time to discuss the bass with me in depth, set it up, put new strings on it & had it shipped to me in NJ in no time. I was planning on buying my bass from Rudy's but they were so rude, I didnt want to give them any business. Also, the crew from Smith basses called me today! They wanted to let me know that they got my warrantee & to see how I liked the bass. I really didnt expect a call...That was just sugar on top of an already stellar bass purchase experience. If I need another, my next bass will definatly be a Smith. I could not be happier. Check out the pics.