Big lesson in subjectivity: I tried a Zon Sonus RT5 today. I have to say that, for $1300, this is one HELL of a freakin' instrument. Great sounding, great playing. In fact, if I closed my eyes, I could swear I was playing a Spector Euro 5, which costs a lot more and doesn't sound any better, at least IMO. Hell, I don't even like the sound of Bartolini preamps too much. This is the first instrument with a Bart preamp that I actually liked. Go figure. I had read lots of meh reviews of the RT5, so I went into it jaundiced. Goes to show you how you never know until you know for yourself, eh? As far as the wood vs. graphite neck: some claim that they would NEVER consider a Zon w/o the graphite neck. I myself have never been a huge fan of graphite necks, and anyways, I think the Modulus graphite necks play and sounds better. Regardless - I never fail to be surprised at what my hands and ears tell me vs. what other people tell me.