Hey guys, Now that I've had time to get to know this beast, I thought some of you might like to hear a review. I bought this bass ( Esh Various V) about 6months ago. My first impression of it was "Oh, My God!!!" It's Transparent Amber over a Hungarian Ash body with a satin finish, and quite possibly the most beautiful bass I've ever seen. Even my Guitar player was blown away by it. Then I played it and was totally blown away by it. It has 2 Kent Armstrong MM pickups( one in the neck, and one in the middle MM style) and a Piezo bridge. The Piezo was kinda harsh and noisy at first, but then I found the attenuator and just dialed it in. Now for the long haul report: Warning, I haven't been near as nice to this bass as I should have been. Looks- after 6 months of beeing my primary( now only ) bass, this thing still looks ALMOST as good as the day I got it. The only cosmetic flaws are because of stupid mistakes on my part. The top of the fretboard( the part I see when I play) has some scaring from letting some douchebag with a thumb ring try it out. Didn't see the ring till it was too late( Bah!!) The body has some nicks and dings, but then again I don't treat her near as good as she deserves. The finish is strange, somewhere between a laquer and oil finish, so it's softer than I thought it would be, so taking it off and dropping it on stage a'la Rock Star was not as good an idea as I thought it was( more on that in a minute) All in all, it's still holding up better than my MIM Jazz or my Spector NS-2005 after the same amount of time. Construction- The only problems I've had out of it I caused myself. Too heavy handed with the jack( easy fix and a lesson learned) and some damage to the Selecto pots after the Rock Star incident( another easy fix thanks to Esh-usa's help department and a more valuable lesson learned). Other than that, it's the same bass I pulled out of the box 6 months ago. Neck's still straight, tuners and bridge and all electronics still doing their thing perfectly. Sound- At first the sound took some getting used to. I thought there was something missing from the low B, and I was right! It's not boomy like most 5'ers, but articulate and even. I never knew a Bstring COULD sound like that, much less SHOULD sound like that, so I was a little suprised by it. I think most of that comes from the pickup placement in conjunction with the piezo. It has great presence inside the Bands mix without cutting through too much. After I got this bass, people came up to me saying, "Man, that bass line is Killer! I never knew that's what you played..." I think that about says it all... I thought you guys might like to know more about the Esh line, feel free to ask any questions. I'll try to get some pic's up tomorrow. All I can say is I bought mine without having even seen one in real life, and I'm MORE than pleased. Hell, I sold my other basses to get the Dough up for a second one P.S. I talked to Eric at www.esh-usa.com today about ordering a second one, and he told me he has 4 or 5 different basses with different pickup configurations that he needs to move. He made me promise not to quote prices( personally I think hes gone mad, as cheep as the prices he quoted were). If you are in the market for a great high end bass at a steal, give him a ring. Nice guy, great basses.