HA HA! Fooled you all! You all thought this was going to be another Fender bashing/bitching session. The truth is, I'm floored. I have NEVER been much of a Fender fan, but there is this brand spanking new deluxe 5 at the local music shop, sunburst, mint green pickguard, alder body... man am I impressed. Feels SOOOOO nice to play. I simply can't get over it. I haven't plugged it in yet, but I don't care if sounds like poo, because that can be fixed. It just felt "right." Looks are absolutely stunning also. I think it might be "sleeker" in apearence... I have been having a look at all fender basses lately, and there is DEFFINITELY something more streamlined about the look. It also seems like they might be cleaning up their act with their range of amps as well. I have only ever heard bad stuff about their amps, but I was mildy impressed with their new 800 watt head. Man I can crap on sometimes. So what do you all think about Fender lately?