I've had an extremely tumultuous week and a half deciding on a bass, buying a bass, returning it, buying another... And so on. I need help. Seriously. GAS overtook my life. (Although I will say while it was a bit stressful, it was fun.) I finally decided on a Stingray double humbucker. My review so far? Wow. This is my first 'Ray. It plays so smooth, sounds so big, and looks great. I am a happy, happy man. The funny thing is, I'm selling a Variax to help defer the cost, and the color/pickguard combo is almost identical. (Black - maybe sapphire black, not sure - with the grayish abolone PG. Again, this is my first MM, so I'm not up on the colors.) Mine's got a rosewood board, 3EQ and balls to spare. Pics soon. I'm merely basking in the two giant-ass pickup afterglow.