It just comes down to the fact that I don't justify 5 strings for myself. I bought this new and waited almost 4 months for it. I have had this bass for almost 3 years now. It's in great condition. I recently set it up. It has the crown inlays. It's the plum stain color over flame maple top. I'm not gonna go on and on. If you've played one, you know them well. If you have'nt played one, do yourself a favor and go check one out. They are a great bass for the money. I think that they are as good as the American Spectors. I honestly don't know what price I want, so I will entertain offers. I will also consider trades. thanks. John Edited 2/3/05: i finally got some pics in here. sorry to those people who asked for them recently. i was on vacation from mid to late january. I think I'm just looking for cash now, to fund some other 4 strings. we'll see.