After 4+ years of G.A.S., in a way it seems I may have come full circle. A little over 4 years ago I traded away my #1 of 8 years, a Stingray 5H. That began a never-ending search for my next permanent #1. After buying, selling and trading over 150 basses during that span, I have finally found my new permanent #1. Last week I made a sick deal for a one-month old Chopper Blue Stingray 5HH Special I bought it as used, but trust me when I tell you it was brand spanking new. Just for clarification I have bought and sold 5 other Stingray 5 HH's during the last 4 years. All amazing, but for some reason I still turned them over. Something for me was missing. Just as it was for the 5 Foderas I've owned, the 4 Ken Smiths and the list goes on. Beautiful top of the line basses, all of them. But when all is said and done I have now settled on this Stingray 5 HH Special in Chopper Blue that I paid a fraction of the price for all of the boutiques I've owned. OMG, what a difference they have made with this newly-designed Stingray 5 HH! It is at least 1 1/2 pounds lighter than any previous iteration. I've always love the Stingray sound, but this thing is ENTIRELY different, yet it holds the original Stingray "pop", if you will. But that bottom end is just breathtaking. I don't know if it's that they made it 18v or the re-voicing of the pickups and preamp, but they have hit a grand slam home run! I literally can't describe it for you. I'm very picky about getting "my tone". It's what suits me. I found it on this bass, but that's only one setting. With the 5-way switch your tone is in there somewhere. I have now sold all but 3 basses, and I'm even concerned with owning the other two because I don't think they'll ever get played. And I love both of them. BTW, each of them cost more than twice what I paid for the new Stingray. My bottom line is this...you should RUN to try out one of these basses. Even if you have buy new, street price is $2099. At that price, it's an absolute steal!