Here we go, ladies and gents ! I really like how this bass looks as much as I like how she sounds/plays. Nice versatility and great craftsmanship. I went against common sense by picking it up online and without trying it first. Roscoe has such a good rep I was willing to take a chance and I did good. I'm familiar with the NTMB preamp (from a modded 55-01 I had) which I find to be very usable throughout a gig because I can go from Rock to Reggae to Funk and whatever else. The only ash/maple I've had before was a DJ4 and it was pretty bright. Great, though. This bass can go nice and deep to pretty bright so the versatility is there and that's really what I was looking for.