I hit the local guitar mart because I needed a few cables and I figured I'd look around and see if they had anything worth checking out while I was there. I'm not in the market for a bass, but I thought I would post impressions in case anyone is interested. The two basses that looked worth spending some time on were the Fender Elite P/J and the Caprice. My thoughts on the Elite - Neck pickup is good but not as crisp and clear as my 63 AVRI. Seems more focused on the low end. Dialing in the neck pickup for clarity was nice, but it still was a little too low end focused compared to my Pbasses. the Jazz bridge offered some nice bite, and I preferred it dialed in a little rather than off. Soloed, it was too thin of a sound for me. In active mode, the bass sounded more modern, but it did not really grab me. The treble control was loose, so after the detent it just kind of floated until about 9'oclock and then I could feel it grab and set in again. Not very impressive for a bass right under 2k. Lot of knobs, which I don't like on a Fender bass. I believe in simplicity for these types of basses and don't need that many options. The tone just didn't speak to me very much and the playability was just OK. I much prefer my Classic 50's P and AVRI 63. Caprice - First thing I noticed was the Sunburst/Tort combo looked great. I do not like this look at all normally, but this one had a different tint to it and I really loved it. If I was to buy one, it would probably the burst model - they just did a great job with it. Additionally the neck has that aged yellow look that compliments it well. This bass was extremely impressive to me. The tone was absolutely stand out. Extremely, big and warm is the best way to describe it. It was impossible to dial up a weak sound on this bass. I tried every combo and basically every single tone I dialed in was really gooey and warm while being very defined. The highs were perfect. Never too harsh. I also liked the bridge pickup a lot. Soloed, it was usable, which is not always the case with a P/J. But this one had enough girth to work on it's own. The neck pickup sounded like a P, but it has it's own thing going on. The best way I can describe the Caprice tone is that it reminds me of the tone of an old Ampeg amp - just very pronounced and yet never brittle or harsh. This bass is also insanely light, for people that need that. It felt like a feather in my hands. I really enjoyed playing it and even at the highest registers ,every note had significant weight and clarity to it. This came in real handy for if you rolled the tone off. The notes were still very easy to hear and defined. The tone knob on this bass is more subtle and doesn't go from super bright to almost muffled like a Fender, and as a result you can get some really usable tones with it dimed or totally off. Considering the Caprice is $100 less, it is almost funny how much better it is than the Elite to me. In fact, this to me is an incredibly viable Pro's bass. The tone of it is unique enough to separate it from being a simple Fender clone, but it's a tone that almost sounds like it will mix itself. It's just that nice. Add in the ultra light weight and I believe that this is an offering that is in the same working class as a P bass or J bass. It simply is just not going to sound like a Fender, but the sound it provides can be used on about any record or mix due to it's incredible warmth and richness. I am not planning on buying a bass anytime soon, but if I do, the Caprice is the most obvious contender. It simply is much more than a Fender clone, and easily the best P/J bass I have ever played. I never once had any desire for an active switch either. Go out and play one and see what you think!