Fender guys, don't hate! Just kidding, I use a P-bass on a good chunk of my gigs but I've been looking for something for jazz gigs and solo practice. I actually had pictures of this bass on my computer for a few years and was pretty surprised to see it pop up for sale. It's an amazing instrument and very easy to play. While the tone is definitely modern it is still pretty "woody"... definitely not a sterile squeaky clean tone like you sometimes get with this type of bass. That said, it's still incredibly articulate and not at all forgiving. Nordstrand pickups with an Aguilar pre, I'm actually playing it in passive mode most of the time.