First, let me thank all of you who offered advice and experience on bridge selection, string selection, and soforth with my trials and tribulations with my AmStd J-V. I really appreciate it. However, I made the decision today to quit putting any more time and effort into getting this bass to where I wanted it. I traded it in this afternoon. My new bass?? A Fender RB-5. I had played these a few times before and really liked them. In fact, as I've stated before, if I'd had a chance to play one before I bought the J-V, I would have sprung the extra bucks to get the RB-5. I got off work early today and dropped in one of favorite guitar places. There was a Shoreline Gold RB-5 hanging on the wall. I took it down, played it for quite a while, found I REALLY liked it. So I went home, got the J-V, took it back. They looked it over, offered me $700 for it, and I took it. The RB-5 was used, but doesn't have a crease, dent, major scratch, or anything on it. The case, the original tweed, still has the plastic on the case latches. The bass looks to be virtually unused. After getting it home, I cleaned it up and was amazed. Other than some pick scratches on the pickguard, there are no scratches on the bass. It's like new. The difference after tax, title, and license were added, $76. I will get down on my knees, again, tonight before I go to bed and thank the Good Lord for my good fortune. I'm one happy bassist at this particular moment. I can't wait to use this bass on my first gig, which will be Sunday afternoon. We have an outdoor gig at a big festival. I report how it went afterwards. But for now, I am a new member of the RB-5 clan.