So I was rushing out of my local music store the other day and happened to notice this really funky looking bass sitting on the counter. Ugly though it was, I was curious. I picked it up to find that it had a composite neck and was probably the lightest bass I've ever held in my hand. Now I'm used to playing fender jazzes, and P's and such. They all have a serious amount of neck dive, which I thought was an inherent fact of having a 34' scale instrument, and perhaps the oversized head and tuners didn't help. This bass, the parker fly, had perfect balance, not a hint of dive. And jazz style pickups too. I was intriglued, so I checked the price online when I got home. $3000 !!! ***! So why can't fender, ibanez, etc... make a bass that balances this well at more reasonable prices? I think it could be done without the composite neck. And is a composite neck really that much more expensive if you're mass producing it?