About a month ago, I got to try out a Flea 5-string with the J-style configuration pickups at a music store, and was quite impressed. I had tried a Flea 4-string with the MM style bridge pickup about a year ago and it wasn't really me, but the newer J-style version is way cool. What sold me on this bass was that it has a much better B string to rest of the instrument balance than any other old school/traditional stylized 5-string I have ever tried...even (gasp) the Fender Roscoe Beck. It is also one of the most comfortable basses I have ever played. The tonal contrast between the neck and the bridge pickup seems somewhat exagerated too. When you solo the neck pickup, you get this late sixties acid rock rumble. Solo the bridge pickup, and It'll damn near cut your head off. Then of course, blending the pickups gets you anywhere between these two extremes, making it a highly versitile instrument. I ended up special ordering one instead of going with the one they had in the store, because it had a gloss finished neck, while I prefer a satin finish neck, and had just a basic gloss black finish with a flat white pickguard (looked kind of generic). The Modulus Flea J-5 I ordered has the optional three band onboard eq controls, the standard Bartolini pickups and preamp, dual volume knobs instead of the standard master volume and pickup blend knob, a satin finish neck, and is a gloss purple finish with a white pearloid pickguard. I ordered it about a week ago, and can't wait 'till I get it.