Sorry i need some advice...i have been in over a TBC 4 with soapbars and now have the money...BUT...a friend got me a deal on a Aria 404 at a local shop..he went from $600 to $500 for me and i got it for $400 Aria SB 404 Ovankal body Neck thru 5 piece nato/maple neck 2 double coil soapbars coil tap.pup selector tone/mid/bass Good tuners mono rail bridge Looks custom wood is cool 3-d effect stingers in body . Pros: Plays great real slim neck and profile great growl and i can dial in a ton of tones good slap bass. It balances well for a heavy wood..i set a super low action with no buzz at all and no dead spots. Bought at a local shop where i know the guy and he will return for full refund after Monday if i dont like it after monday a store credit.Aria have a lifetime limited warranty Cons: VERY noisey..tons of humm and crackling whern i touch the string in high mids. Store owner if sending it out to a local luthier to be repared per warranty. Weird bridge but it think i got it figured out. No shielding of any kind under the plate THC basses Swamp ash 3band soapbars Mid /Bass/Tone pau ferro fret board Very cool picguards -wood Maple bolt on necks Good loooking bridge chambered body body thru string Pro: look real good So far good reviews here on TB About $450.00 shipped Cons: never played one or heard one. Shipping from Cali 7 day return for refund ..2 yr limited warrenty and all repairs have to be sent back. I have until monday to decide..if the grounding is no big thing..i'm going with the Aria...but i had a grounding issue in another bass that was sent out and came back better but still had buzz so im leary...the local shop will give store credit for 30 days so at least i'm safe it it comes back buzzing Sorry for the long post but i'd like some Tbers advice.