I know they've been around for a little while, but I've finally had the chance to play one tonight at Guitar Center. I'm not really sure if it was a Sterling or a Stingray. I didn't get a ruler out to do measurements, but it felt a little smaller like a Sterling yet it had the metal plate under the controls like a Stingray. Whatever it was, it played very nicely. I could never get past the Bongo's looks or the painted neck, but I liked the idea of dual humbuckers. Well, this model gives that with the classic looks. Sure, it doesn't have the electronics of the bongo, but that's no biggie to me. It did have the compensated nut like the bongo. No idea if it helped intonation or not, I never really had a problem with intonation on non-compensated nut basses. I guess you would have to get out a tuner to really see a difference. Playability was great. The neck feels slick, the frets were perfect and action was top notch. I didn't have a pickup selector chart there so I didn't really know what each of the 5 positions were when playing. 1 and 5 most logically would have been the bridge or neck soloed, respectively. I really, really liked the neck pickup soloed. The classic MM sound, but warmer. Now that I know what the selector positions do, I need to go back and try it some more. Great bass!