Brought home one of these in Wine color and ash body last night from Sweetwater. They had both the ash body and alder body basses to try and made it very easy. I picked the ash because to my ear it had a rounder sound, a little more old school. I really like this bass. My favorite bass is my 1969 Precision but I don't like taking it out and have been looking for an old school sounding bass with 5 strings. I have found it in this bass. I've been playing a modern handmade boutique 5 for a few years now that has a 35" scale. I can say that it is a great bass but just not for me. Looking forward to several gigs coming up with the new ax.