all i can say is WOW!!! And this is coming from a original owner of a 94 sterling. The SB4 had that same old middy growly tone that just cuts thru. The feel of the neck felt like the same Tung oil feel of my 94 so that was a huge plus. The only gripe i have is i really wish it came with more color options and had the selector with the three band Eq but i think for $249 street i'm asking too much . Im definately will be getting one soon. http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass/sterling-by-music-man-s.u.b.-sb4-bass-guitar I must admit that i am so please and thankful with companies like Musicman, Squier and Cort (just to name a few) for producing extraordinary budget basses of late. Now i just cant wait when Sadowsky or Fodera jumps on board and built a $299 product..maybe? ...lol jk ... in my dreams Cheers TB'ers!!