Went to GC specifically to look at trading a bass they said they had. When I got to the store it wasn't there--same issue I had last week but with a different bass. Their stock resembled a thrift store at the end of a payday too--nothing interesting left hanging. I then made my obligatory run to Sam Ash. Whoa, they had several interesting things hanging on their wall. I looked at a new SR405--liked the color; but, when I looked at how close in price it was to a very gently used SR655 I immediately asked for a cable and played it. I was specifically looking for an active / passive bass--the SR655 fits that bill. I didn't get what I had hoped for in direct trade but they took another 30% off the SR--sweet enough. When I got the bass home I just had to play it for a while. Also took it to church this morning and played it. Review. This bass has Nordstrand pickups. A neck P and a bridge J. The model I got is the brown burst flat. I thought I would have liked a natural flat one; but, the dark neck sort of clashes with it. They had an SR650 in stock new for almost $350 more than the SR655 I bought. Biggest thing I noticed about the bass was its weight--8.28 pounds vs. the 10.82 of my Fender Jazz V Satin. This thing also has an amazing range of sounds between the different pickups and the preamp (or without the preamp). Just remember to turn down the volume when going from active to passive to prevent a "pop." Though I'd have problems with the string spacing (16.5 mm) but that wasn't even an issue. The only thing I don't like about it is the quick change bridge--having a three-handed alien handy for string changes is useful to keep the ball end where it belongs. A four or five year old also works well (remember to clean their little fingers first). I'm real happy. Now its got me thinking of unloading the Fender anchor.