Well, in truth I received this (new to me) used bass a few days ago from a fellow TB'er. I'll post a few initial observations and then a few pictures. It's been roughly 25 years since I last owned an Ibanez instrument (I owned a Japanese built Sabre guitar from 1986? - high build quality, superb playability, uninspiring electronics). I was hoping for a better instrument this go around and I am not disappointed! I wanted a 5-string bass that offers fairly tight string spacing, a small'ish neck, 34" scale length, and a versatile electronics package. The Ibanez Premium 1205/1405 basses seemed a good place to start. Regarding playability - this bass is ridiculously easy to play. It has a fast, straight neck and consistent fret work capable of supporting very low action without any fret buzz or fretting out anywhere. There are no dead spots anywhere on the fret board. Plays effortlessly and without issues. The Nordstrand Big Singles sound fantastic! Jazz bass growl with a broader frequency response and plenty of punch! The preamp is better than I had expected and it complements the pickups nicely. I have a Bartolini NTMB 918 preamp here sitting idle that I plan to swap in and compare to the stock pre. The active/passive switch is a must have with these pickups IMO. They sound so freaking good with the preamp bypassed. The preamp smooths them out a bit - also a great sound. I find it pretty easy to get both modern and old school tones out of the 1405 - very versatile indeed! Output level and punch string-to-string is very consistent. The 16.5mm string spacing is working out really well for me so far and I'm not having any trouble swapping between this bass and my Bongo 4-string. The B string sounds great and feels right for my preferences. It's as good a B string as I've found on any 34" scale length bass. I have yet to find fault with this instrument - a much better Ibanez experience than my last in 1986. I've only had the bass for a few days so I'll reserve judgement until the 'new bass' shine wears off and I've lived with it for a while. In the mean time I couldn't be more pleased with this purchase. Here are a few pics taken by the seller. I'll take some of my own soon.