Ok, I really want a new jazz bass. I have a Modulus VI that I love, but i just want something new. I went to GC and tried them all. I even had the guy get the ladder and pull down the 4 & 5 Am Dlx and standards, tried the Mex, etc. I was really pumped b/c I read good reviews here and listened to demos. I just wanted to decide if I wanted the CS pickups in the standard or the preamp and 21 frets on the Dlx. Every bass played had action so high that slapping wasn't an option. And all the strings were dead. It really bummed me out. I know most of them may be fine with a set up, but it didn't inspire me to buy anything that's for sure! Do you all have this same experience? It's been a long time since I bought a bass of a shelf. I don't remember them being this out of shape. They didn't have any roadworn or aerodyne which I'd also like to try. At this point I may just order online and return if it's not right.