I received the bass about 2 weeks ago (it did not go to NAMM). Initial impressions: Trans White is only white in certain lighting conditions: direct sunlight and extremely well lit rooms. Otherwise it has a sky blue/silver tint to it (which I happen to like). The pics above were taken in direct sunlight on a white background (my mattress pad - the only big white background I could find). The Vanquish is a very well designed bass. Compact, but the body is large enough to not feel tiny if you are used to Fenders (or other larger bodied Carvins etc). It is probably 5-6 inches shorter that a Jazz overall, but still has 34" scale and 70s pickup locations. The reach to 1st position is comfortable and familiar. Upper fret access is just ok. About the same as getting to the 20th or 21st fret on a Jazz. I was worried about not enough mids on an Ash bodied fretless so I went with a mostly Walnut neck. Turns out the bass has plenty of mids. Nice burp and sits well in a 2 guitars/keys/drums mix. I mean, Gary Willis plays an ash bodied fretless so... I specced the single coils and I'm glad I did - nice and tight with some sparkle, even with the flats. There is some hum - more than my Carvin SB with single coils. I'm definitely going to try some additional shielding. With rounds this bass would be a mwah machine. I'm getting all the mwah I want with the flats though. I have not set up the bass yet - the factory setup is 90% there for me already. Just under 9.5 lbs and balances very well. I'm extremely pleased with the weight/balance. B sting is great (for a flatwound, fretless B string). I chose V/V/T/BT. I don't care for blend knobs. The electronics work well and the pots are smooth. Rolling back on the tone a little and then boosting some treble on the bridge pickup can get you to Jaco town in a hurry. So far, so good. I haven't owned a fretless in years and I'm glad to have one back in the rotation - especially this one.