OK, I couldn't help but say it but my new G&L M2500 arrived today. Purchased from Music Store Live- natural swamp ash with rosewood board, gloss finish. My reason for writing- I bought this bass after watching Ed Friedland's review on Youtube. He seemed pretty high on the bass, and since I was looking for a fiver I thought I might take a chance on one. I don't believe there is a local dealer in my area, in fact unless you want to play a Fender there really aren't any dealers at all. I have to say I am really surprised how nice this is for the money. In fact, I would go so far as to say I have owned other custom basses I have spent a lot more money for that don't seem to be as good an all around bass as this is. The bass is light, playability is excellent right out of the box. The Pleked fingerboard is great and there are all kinds of sounds in it. I don't think this is just being enamored on the first date. My conclusion is G&L could be doing more business if they were a little more aggressive about promoting their product. So I have delivered my testimony to the masses, and would certainly recommend one of these to anyone looking for a really nice versatile five string bass.