This is my new 'Slant Six' by Michael Stevens, the designer of the Fender Roscoe Beck Sig. series. It is truly amazing. I've owned many high-end basses and this is the REAL DEAL.If you want a no-frills Fender-style passive bass with lotsa tone and superb playability. It takes the Roscoe Beck's up a few notches. And, since Mike was one of the founders of the Fender Custom Shop, he is the consummate craftsman and is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge on guitar-building, and a heckuva nice guy!