I went into guitar center yesterday to check out an OLP Stingray copy. It actually wasn't that bad. But, then I noticed a used Fortress Masterman on the wall, I had to check the thing out. The thing plays as well as my Fortress one. The newer warwicks with the ovangkol necks just don't compare to the old ones with all wenge necks. The brass just-a-nut rocks too. This had a nice amber maple finish, like my Fortress One. I plugged it into an Ampeg at the store and proceeded to rock out. Let me tell you, the pickup system on this thing rocks. Gets the MM tone, but with some extra balls. Nice growl, and a wide range of tones from the unique preamp. This does have that characteristic Warwick sound, but I like that. The preamp does let you do quite a bit of tweaking, and the tweaks are pretty unique considering you get a preamp for each coil of a humbucker. Real sweet sound, amazing playablity. So this morning I head over to GC right when they opened, and brought in my Fernandes Gravity 5. They took my bass and $350 and I walked out with the Fortress Masterman with a Warwick hard case . I can't believe it, but I actually got a good deal from Guitar Center. Imagine that, I walk out of Guitar Center without feeling ripped off. I actually felt like I might have gotten the upper hand. Still trying to get over it.