I received this bass two weeks ago from Nino, just in time to do a gig with it. Thanks to Nino for getting it together in time, I know he was frantically waiting on some parts coming in. specs: Swamp Ash Body Transparent Blue Finish Maple neck with Maple fretboard Satin Finish on neck Nordstrand NP4 Precision Pickup Aguilar OBP-1 preamp Controls: volume, bass, treble Hipshot HB-1 Tuning Keys Gotoh Quick Release Bridge Black Pearl Pickguard Black Hardware Upon receipt, I gave it a good check over. Frets were good, fret edges were smooth, and neck was straight. Action was a little high for my liking, so I took it down a touch. Removing the pickguard revealed a very neat and tidy compartment, having seen Nino's previous work I expected nothing less. Leads were taped together in logical groups, and wires cut to sensible lengths. I'm a big fan of the Nordstrand P pickup, so I was very happy to see it on this bass. The Nord P has a great classic precision thump sound, but also a great open frequency response range. The bass was strung with Sadowsky Stainless Steel strings, which I hadn't heard before but I immediately liked them. Nino thoughtfully included a set of Sadowsky Bright Nickel strings also, I tried them briefly but didn't keep them on long (I'm a Stainless Steel kind of guy). Wearing the bass, it balanced very well with no neck dive. The weight was very good, at 8.5 pounds. The neck felt slightly thinner than a usual P neck, but Nino assures me it's a standard Warmoth P neck. The blue stain finish is very cool; blue is my favorite color, so that didn't hurt my initial favorable impressions either The only two things I'd comment on physically were the pickguard and battery cover. I didn't love the looks of the black pearl pickguard, and the battery cover was made out of the same pickguard material. I know Nino was going for a cool pickguard-matching-battery-cover look, but it didn't float my boat. But maybe it's just me, and everyone else will love it. I took the bass to a gig that night, with a covers band I play with on the side. We do everything from James Brown to Gang of Four to ACDC to Joy Division. So, a good range of music to try it out on. I used it for the first two sets. Sonically, the bass didn't disappoint. With the stainless steel strings, I got a nice thumpy sound with great definition using either pick or fingers. I never had any cause to use the treble boost at all; maybe I would if I used nickel strings. The Aguilar OBP-1 is my favorite two band preamp, but I think a tone control would be useful on this bass. Having used the Raven Labs PBR-1 PBass preamp previously, I loved the way it reduced the highs when you boosted the lows. I'm sure Nino was trying to keep the controls pretty simple, but I'd have liked vol, bass/treble, and tone controls Playabilty was very good, I had no problems doing some of the more demanding material despite my minimal setup time. Overall: a quality bass, definitely one of the best P's I've heard / played. I'm not in love with the P sound enough to have a P bass around, but I'm a big fan of P/J basses and if this was a P/J bass I'd be having a hard time sending it back... Pros: Thunderous sounding P Bass Good balancing, good weight, good looks Cons: no active/passive switch currently Black pearl p/g not to my taste visually Would have liked a tone control I can't think of anything else for now, if anyone has any questions ask away.