Well, I just got this from the UPS man on Friday and I have to say, for the price (I got mine for $325.00 shipped), this bass is not too shabby. The link is to one currently on the 'bay, my camera is down for the moment and mine is a spitting image of this one. http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-OLP-E-Ball-...oryZ4713QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem The neck is straight and fret work is better than a 5 string OLP I played in GC the other day. B is a little floppy but that may get better with new strings. It has a pieced together Alder body with a Flame Maple laminated top and matching headstock. The tuners are a little cheesy but hold tuning fine. The hardware is not the bullet proof stuff you get on the Stingrays but robust enough to do the job. The 3 band EQ is a little crunchy when you get to extremes but I never max out EQ anyway so it is OK. Is it a SR5? No way but, it is closer than I thought it would be. In retrospect, back in the day when I was working in bars 6 nights a week, This would have been a great instrument to use. Better than "hickory smoking" and dinging a really nice bass in that environment. I have a Nordstrand MM5.2 pickup that I am going to try on this bass but I want to live with the stock one for awhile so I can make a better evaluation of the two. I am also considering a SD preamp.....we'll see. I will be sitting in with my 2 nephews during Thanksgiving so I can get the feel of it on a live gig, I will post results afterwards. All in all, not bad for the money and so far, no buyers remorse. P.S. Have a great holiday to you all!!