I bought a new 2001 model MIM P-Bass off eBay to satisfy a long running Jones for that P-tone. My RB5 is fine for a jazz, but was missing that fundamental thump needed for my weekly blues gig. It arrived two days ago and was perfect right out of the box. I can see some sanding marks at the neck heel, which is what I expected for the lower cost MIM models. Big deal. The fit and finish are excellent. It's my first experience with MIMs, but the tuners look like MIA quality parts. They replaced the plastic knobs with knurled metal ones and apparently replaced the pots and shafts for 2001 also. The pots are no longer the split-shaft type, but a solid shaft. The bridge is typical MIM cheesy, but I have a Gotoh 201 in the mail as a replacement. This thing flat rocks! I love that big P tone. The neck was very comfortable, and the string spacing is the same as my RB5 so it wasn't "alien" feeling. The split-P is very loud and punchy. A well spent $250, for sure. The Sunburst is well done and the finish is first rate.