I'm so glad I did not get that Bongo! A local dealer got a super sweet SR5 HH with a beautiful see through red/pink finish and a maple fingerboard. It is easily one of the best looking basses I have ever seen. It also has a great pearloid pickguard too. The bass is simply spectacular! As I and others have said before, Ernie Ball Music Man must be the highest quality mass produced bass available, at least in the USA. What really blew me away about the new SR5 is that is apparently has it coil splitting capability like its single pup sibling. The selector switch is 5 position and some of the setting clearly yielded single coil tones like neck pup single coil, both pups single, bridge pup solo and so on. This bass can deliver every shade of Stingray sound imaginable. The extra humbuckers is noticeable when slapping, but unless you really spank it, it will play just fine.