I played this bass last November but I was playing through an ampeg rig and didn't know the controls...hence, the bass was muddy as all hell and sounded awful. Didn't give it a second glance. Fast forward today, a guy in my program at school and I were jamming during a break. I ask to play his bass, so we switch, him taking my fretless. Ho-lee-mo-fo'ing-crap. It was a slap machine! I was getting the best, punchiest, oh-my-god-where-did-my-bowels-just-go slap tone I've ever heard in my life, easily beating ANY Les tone, the RHCP - Aeroplane tone, a Ray fiver, Vic's Foderas, Pedulla, Zon, etc. etc. out of an instrument that cost $645 CAD (about $511.50USD for a $0.75CAD->$1.00USD exchange rate). MIND-BLOWING. It's neck-thru, very great looking woods, exceedingly well constructed (solid hardware, very well dressed frets, no blimey looking laminates), un-imaginable upperfret access, beautiful finish, and a chunky-but-not-impeding neck -- it just fills up your hand. Has anyone else played this hidden gem of the bass world?