Here's my short review/initial thoughts: Appearance: As you can see in the pics, it's a beauty! The Cocobolo they chose for the body is just stunning. I love it. Even the Pau Ferro used for the fingerboard is a great piece. The Cocobolo overlay on the headstock is just icing on the cake. They also did a nice job of keeping the grain pattern together with the control cavity cover IMO. Feel: The neck feels great in my hands. Nice and smooth. Nice work, Al. Sound: I'm really digging the EMG 35DCs and the 2-band EQ. It has a bright, modern sound, but it seems to really cut through the mix well. I'd love to use it when I record again, but there is one main issue with the build quality that might keep me from doing so (read below). Build Quality: Overall, the bass is very sturdy and well built with only a couple exceptions. The first exception is that the nut wasn't filed deeply enough, which makes it difficult to play particularly on the first fret. My left forearm fatigues very quickly when playing this bass. The second exception is the fret ends aren't all flush with the fingerboard. This may be due to the climate change, though... However, I'll be taking this bass into my local tech for a routine setup, and he'll take care of at least the first problem, which would be a big help. Other than that, this bass it built quite well. It didn't take me long to set up the action when I got it, and I haven't had to touch the truss rod yet. The neck joint seems very solid as well, and all the hardware feels secure. Overall, for the price, I couldn't have beat it!!!