My girl bought me the Maple Fender USA Jazz Bass V for $2000.00 for my birthday last year from GC. No matter what I had done to it, I could not get it to play the way I like. I put new Nordstrand Pickups in it had my tech set it up and tweak the neck put new strings on it, everything I could think of. I still could not get it to play well physically. It never sounded that good tonally either. I practiced with it for hours and used it for 2 gigs. Just didn't cut it.. I sold it and purchased the Black MIJ 70's Reissue for $700.00. I could not be happier! It played perfect right out of the case and has become my #2 Bass (Next to my #1 Performance YB6) The weight is perfect the tone is Amazing (I did add Lollar JB Pickups and an Audere Preamp just to give it a bit more power) Neck is fast and it plays so much better than the $2000.00 Fender. Sometimes it just works out that way. Sometimes you get what you pay for Sometimes you don't..