This thread is a little early, since I won't get the bass until Friday. Glenn Kawamoto (Austin Bass Exchange) is getting the bass from Chris Celinder at NAMM this week and shipping to me for Friday delivery. I just wanted to post because I just got word of delivery (and I'm excited!), and also because there's not a lot of familiarity with or opportunity to see/play these wonderful basses in the US. I currently have an amazing Update 5 (Cobalt Blue 'clear coat' finish with AAAAA birdseye maple neck and board). It's my main gigging bass for the pop/funk gigs I typically play. I like the bass so much, that I wanted a second one to use as my 'road' bass (long story... I have two rigs in different cities). I found myself really missing my Celinder when I used my 'out of town' rig... so I took steps to remedy that situation The Update model is meant to capture the classic '70's J Bass on Steroids' sort of sound, and if any of you have checked out the soundclips on Chris's web site... it really delivers (the soundclips are programmed, but the bass sounds are 'real'). There is a price to pay... it's a big, heavy honkin' beast... full size 70's J body made of medium weight ash... but it delivers the goods. My new Celinder will be very 'traditional'... natural finish on the ash body, standard maple neck with mother-of-pearl blocks and binding, and a perloid pickguard (I also had Chris ship a black pickguard with the bass)... kind of a 'Marcus' sort of look. It will again have the wonderful Greengrove preamp, this time with the passive/active switch upgrade. I will post a few pictures this weekend.