While I have been going mostly old school for the past few years I must say the "new" neck through Stingrays are the most radical and pleasing reinterpretation of a classic that I can recall. Lots of "redesigns" are gimmicky in my opinion and rarely improve upon the classic design... Not so here. I picked up a lovely neck through not expecting to be blown away by the tonal experience I have had. I mean it is totally a Stingray through and through but there is a sustain and clarity that is so rich. I am doing some recording in the next few months and can not wait to hear how this bass translates to the finished product. I would love to hear others experiences with strings, amps ect regarding the NT Rays.