Under a different thread I had posted that I had finally purchased and received a Marcus Miller-V, which arrived this past Monday. I had read many opinions regarding this bass right here in TB. Some were very favorable and supportive, while several others had issues... and most of those issues had to do with getting a gratifying tone. I've stated this before, but here in the islands it seems most music stores will not stock any of these higher-end instruments. Obviously this doesn't allow one the opportunity to try one out before making a buy. Even though I had digested a great many opinions regarding the MM-V, and most of those comments appeared to be in disfavor of the bass, as I'm sure is the case with most of you, I still had to check one out on my own... so I did. You know... seeing pictures of this bass, especially one that's "aged natural"... the precise one I sent back... I just found this bass to be absolutely beautiful! I loved the block pearl inlays and white binding on the neck. I even liked the giant black pick guard. However, the feature I liked the most was how easy it played. It just seemed to play itself. I hated to put it down! However... the majority of you TBers who commented on the MM-V... IMO, were right. As much as I tried, and I played with this bass for hours, I just couldn't seem to get a sound out of it that I truly liked. I even ran it through my three different amplifiers: Ashdown ABM500, Aguilar DB750, and my beloved Marshall VBA400. While this beautiful instrument made my hands smile with joy, my ears were left hanging in the wind. I just couldn't find a satisfying high-end punch from this bass. So... my long desire to have my very own Marcus Miller-V has ended in deep disappointment. I read where some MM-V owners swapped-out the Fender onboard preamp for the Sadowsky equivalent, and they said that did the trick. I thought about that for maybe 6 seconds, and then I figured, with the added cost of their preamp, I might as well buy a Sadowsky. Oh well... for now I'm just going to console my sorrow by sticking with my Stu Hamm Urge-II and Thumb-5 NT... I'm also going to have to cry in my beer, as it's costing me $71.00 to ship this axe back to Musician's Friend via UPS. As we say out here in the islands, "Lucky you live Hawaii..." Imagine that... seventy-one bucks for a test drive! :scowl: Question: Is Fender just so damn big now that they ignore the crys of their faithful customers? Surely others have voiced their displeasure with the sound of the MM-V... Well, I shall make an attempt to let them know how I feel.