and it was merely okay. First off, I was definitely impressed by the aesthetic of the instrument when I first caught a glimpse at it. The block inlays are rather elegant and really do the subtle beauty of the jazz bass justice. Having owned many bass' that have BAII bridges, the look never grows old, so it definitely had mojo on its side with the mass chrome bridge and black block inlays/neck binding. It really had that killer 70's jazz vibe down. I took the girl down and plugged'er in. Playing felt really easy on the bass, but the finish on the neck drove me a little nuts. It was far too thick for my liking and really hindered speed, which is strange because my 4003 has a finished neck but it really isn't... well, again, as thick as the Geddy's. The neck profile is really comfortable too, but people tend to go overboard in their praise, which set me up to be just a bit let down. After fiddling with the bass for a while, I picked up the Marcus Miller sig next to it, which I owned at one point, and A/B'd the instruments and determined that in terms of bang for buck, I'd stick with the Lee over the Miller 'cause the preamp on the Miller is just too weak for my liking, with no real cut and no true passive tone. In terms of feel, the Miller felt a bit more substantial in my hands, but again, the pre was just irksome. Both had pretty annoying hum, but that is to be expected from vintage Fender single coils and could be easily fixed with proper shielding. Basically, my determination from my Fender adventure today, is that if I were to buy a Lee signature, the first thing that would happen, would be a sand-down of that neck finish because it's just plain nasty. If you're looking to buy one for the aesthetic, go for it, it really is quite something to behold in person. The tone is pretty tight too, with the bridge being a bit "snappier" than that of the more recent J incarnations.