It's strange really. I have tried literally thousands of basses, owned dozens and dozens. Brand name Custom shops, home made (small time luthier) customs, basses made in every country imaginable. Tried just about every possible pickup out there, most preamps and on and on. I work as a professional guitar/bass tech to alot of big name clients where budget is of no concern and there is always ample opportunity to get my hands on all sorts of things. I am often called on to design rigs for people who want certain features and conveniences, modify instruments and amps, build pedal boards... you get the picture.... I have found many a tone that I love on a bass that I don't. Many a bass that I love with a tone that I don't, and all the in betweens. But no one bass/pickup combo ever made me reel back and go "Holy Crap! This is the one for me!" Just something about my newest bass works for me. The action is just the way I like it, the scale is ideal for my liking, the nut width, string spacing, EVERY aspect about this bass just fits me perfectly. The tone out of the Bartolini's J pups growls just the way I always wanted a bass to growl, but only when I really hit it hard, which is just the way I want it. I have paid $3500 for a used Alembic I have paid $8800 for a custom shop Warwick I have paid $3000 for a custom shop Ibanez I have paid more money for more basses than I care to think about. Recently I acquired this bass from a member here (forget your user name, but you know who you are BD) in a trade that was mutually acceptable as being fair, valued at about $400. With the exception of having "oddities" like a 12 string, or a fretless, or acoustic bass, things like that, that are different for the sake of being different, I don't doubt that THIS is the bass they will bury me with. After 15+ years of playing everything I can get my hands on, a MIM Fender Jazz Deluxe 5 in Sunburst with Bartolini pickups is the hands down ideal bass for me. Go figure. I have modded it by changing the nut to give me a C instead of low B, and will most likely change the bridge pup to a Bart MM style, and add a Seymour Duncan preamp. I know that to be an improvement over the passive JJ configuration, having much success already with that. I have also begun the "aging" process by using fine sandpaper to give it a more vintage look, and removed the pickguard, as that is just a personal preference, and helps make it more "mine." Not to mention degrading it's market value, thus increasing the likelyhood that I will never sell it, not that I am worried about that. Just thought I would share with you my complete happiness, and the fact that it is on what is otherwise considered a "low end" bass. You don't always need to spend thousands of dollars to get the bass of your dreams. A lesson I learned by having numerous custom shop basses made for me that I got bored of very quickly.