Holy cow this thing rocks. This is the loner bass Roger sent me while mine is being refinished. It is Ash/Maple while mine is Alder/Morado. When I got this bass and plugged it in at home I wasn't hugely impressed. However, I did a funk/disco gig last night and HOLY CRAP this bass KILLS! I played at least 80% of the set with the balance rolled all the way to the P pickup. Tons of booty and low mids. Highs were nice. At home and at our studio the bass sounded a little woofy especially since I am use to soaps or J's. Not last night though! My big concern is that my fingers always sound low. By that I mean my fingers, for whatever reason, sound bassier than other people who play my basses. So, I had the Bass on the Sad at about 40% and the Treble at about 50%. Most Sad owners have said they run it just the opposite. This bass is Ash/Maple and mine (that I haven't played yet) is Alder/Morado which means it'll be even lower and warmer. That MIGHT not work for me. I am thinking it'll be too low for fingers and ears. Morado (also known as Pau Ferro) is suppose to be brighter than Rosewood though. It'll be interesting to see when it comes back on a few weeks. BUT, this thing KICKS BOOTY. Everyone had their jaws on the floor. Really had the 70's funk/disco vibe. I ran a very simple setup. Sadowsky PJ5 ----> SansAmp Programmable DI with blend at 50% to keep the Sads tone ----> Demeter Compulator ----> EBS Bass IQ ----> Radial JDI Duplex DI Box ----> One line going to FOH and the other going to an Eden WT-1000 poweramp powering an Eden D410XLT. The lows mids on the D410XLT are bumped so it sounded a bit woofy BUT the FOH was OFF THE HOOK!!! I can see why some guys like the flat cabs like Accugroove (which I am trying in a few weeks). Overall, it was just insane. Played four sets and during the breaks I couldn't put it down and wanted the next set to begin. Score? FIVE OUT OF FIVE! Haven't tried it yet but I bet this thing would kill on a Classic Rock type gig (Foreigner, Allman Brothers, Kansas, etc.). BY REQUEST - - - THE LOANER PJ5 ***EDIT - Additional Info*** I have just been reading about Morado aka Pau Ferro. Morado and Pau Ferro ARE NOT Rosewoods at all AND several manufacturers of necks say that Morado/PauFerro is for players who like the brightness of maple but a darker neck wood color. Apparently, it is about as bright as Maple and nothing like Rosewood. If this is the case, then my Alder/Morado is just like having an Alder/Maple. If this is true then it might be bright enough for me afterall. Have to wait and see (still haven't played mine yet).