This bass has been on Sweetwater’s website plenty long enough for one of you to snag it. After weeks of staring at it, I decided my 50th birthday was worth TWO new basses. (I gave myself an early present a few weeks ago.) That's right - I stepped up! This is only the second bass I have bought in its first production year. I do have one of the first Dingwall D-Roc Standards, but I actually ordered a D-Bird. I think my new CLF Research L-2500 was made in March of this year. I’ve seen some people knock G&L quality with respect to newer instruments, but both my CLF Research basses are great. The only thing that surprised me a little about this L-2500 was the glossy finish on the neck. Honestly, I don’t know why I was surprised; my Wunkay has a glossy neck too. I think the CLF basses have a little smaller fingerboard radius than a regular L-2500. Other than that, they are just a better looking (at least in my opinion) version of the regular model. I’ll admit, I’m a fan of the G&L 3+2 headstock; this basses 4+1 is exactly the same size as the four string model. Also, the CLF headstocks are less likely to put an eye out.