And its a buttercream, baby! The bass so nice I bought two. Actually the twins do sound a bit different even acoustically, so I do believe I'm going to keep both. The sterling with the smaller body is a little more resonant and sweet, the stingray 5 with the bigger body has more lows and a more forceful tone. IMO, not only are the buttercreams the most beautiful MM basses ever, they also seem to have been given a bit of extra juju at the factory. Maybe I'm imagining things, but these are the sweetest EBMM basses I've ever played! I think this 5HH is going to cause me to be posting some for sale ads ... for a number of reasons Thanks phunkypants for selling me the sterling and getting me hooked up on EBMM's drug.