Picked this up yesterday at Pete's. I asked Pete to build me a 4 string that would work on my more traditional gigs (i.e., backing Elvis impersonator, classic/hard rock, etc.) and I told him I didn't want it to be fancy. Since I wanted a J-style bass, we settled on a solid ash body (this one is quite light) and a three piece maple neck with bird's eye maple board. The finish is a hard poly so it will hold up well to sweating it out in the drunk pits. The pickups are passive Bartolini J's. Controls are straight-forward volume, blend and tone (cut only). Although it's hard to tell in these mediocre pics, the ash grain actually shows through the black finish in bright light and the control cover is also wood. It goes to rehearsal with me this afternoon and off to a gig on April 10. So far, I'm diggin' it!