Just picked up this sweet Pedulla Rapture the other day over at the Dudepit. Gerry Tyler, my bass teacher from my high school days (southern Connecticut in the '80's) had a heavily customized MVP4 that played and sounded great. The Guitar Center near me always has at least one Rapture in stock and I've always loved these basses. Knowing the low resale value that Pedullas had I've passed on buying new, waiting for the perfect used specimen.... ...which came along last week. Excellent condition, Arctic blue, 19mm spacing, AA maple top & birdseye FB, Bartolini J's with 2 band pre, plus OHSC. I also own an F-Bass BN-5 so my "SuperJazz" standards are sky-high. The F-Bass is a bit more tweakable, with passive tone, 3-band EQ and single/coil humbucker switch, but the Rapture is very versatile. The B is phenomenal--it's not "great for a 34-inch scale bass," it's just plain great. The pickups are interesting--the neck sounds more like a P than a J--barky with lots of upper-mid detail---and the bridge PU is very fat sounding even with the EQ set flat. Most J bridge PUs sound a little thin for my tastes, but not on this baby. I've had a chance to try the P-J version of this bass on several occasions and found I preferred the J-J by a good margin. After tweaking the bridge and truss rod I've gotten the action very low. ergonomics are perfect for me--it's light, comforatable and easy to get around. Neck is just chunky enough to have some heft, but very playable. Upper-register access is great. It came with fresh Pedulla stainless steel strings. I've mainly used nickels for the last few years but these steel strings give the instrument an incredible full-frontal punch that's aggressive but not harsh. I also tried some Pedulla nickels on it which mellowed the tone considerably. I'm curious to see how TI Jazz Flats or Rounds would sound on this baby. So far I've played her at a straight-ahead jazz trio gig through a GK 200MB combo, and a Brazilian jazz rehearsal through a GK 400RB/EA Wizzy. Sounded full, clear, and funky. This is just one of those instruments that makes me wanna play.