Went to pick up my Stingray from the shop today, and while I waited in line for my bass, I picked one of these up and plugged into an Ampeg SVT-3PRO. The tone was somewhat lacking from the P/J combo, and honestly, almost ANYTHING sounds good through an SVT. You Ampeg guys know what I mean. The neck felt somewhat comfortable, just like any other jazz bass for the most part, but the body's [carved] 39" radius top just made playing feel wierd. First archtop instrument I didn't like. It's not like a Les Paul and flatten around the edges, but the entire top is arched. Just makes for a wierd feeling instrument. As far as the rest of the instrument, it felt like a jazz bass, maybe a little lighter because of the arch-top, but I was hardly impressed. The black chrome hardware seemed to be an attempt to catch up to Ibanez's 'cosmo black' and the controls were less than easy to figure out, but hey I'm used to an active three band equalizer. The stained rosewood fretboard looked like a cheap ebony ripoff, and the inlayless fingerboard was just blah. Personally, I'm not too much of a fan of finished headstocks either, and the black headstock just seemed to be hiding something. And to top it all off, the jazz bass without the pickguard just made me scratch my head. In summary: WHAT THE HELL WAS FENDER THINKING? I'll take my Ibanezes and Ernie Ball's thank you very much.