It is, and I like it a lot. I get a lot of compliments on my sound when I use it, which I don't seem to get when I use my American Standard. I sometimes feel a bit like a poser pulling out such an obvious signature bass that's factory relic'd, but IMO the sound is worth it. Compared to my American Standard it has more low mids and leaves more space in the upper mids. The AS is clearer, has more punch and is more articulate, whereas the Flea is darker/duller and has more chunk. I don't know if all Fleas are like this or if it's just this specific bass.