I just got this bass back from the fret shop from having it fretted and laced with Fodera Strings. It plays great and I would place this bass up against one of Ray's R-basses any day. I am asking $1250 which is a little less than what I have in it after paying to get it fretted. Here is the original link for the bass before sending to the fretshop. http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=340968&highlight=Stroy The bass is ebony except for the neck with Kent Armstrong J85 pickups and an Aguilar OBP-3 preamp 35" Scale It has a very modern sound with a great deal of midtones almost like a Smith but a better slap tone than my Smith. I will consider trades down as long as there is cash coming on my end.