So I had to pick up one of these because, well, $560 for a FF? Plus, I've been trying to get down to F# with a bass for a while with little to no luck. Right, pics first. Some specs 34" - 37" scale Mahogany body, neck thru maple and walnut. Rosewood board. Cepheus bar pickups. So, we all know it's a bit of a gamble ordering from rondo, but I have so many guitars from them now, and the customer service is so great, I went for it. The other guy that got one of these had a botched nut and a destroyed pickup. I got lucky and received a pretty amazing instrument. I would pay 1,000 for it. The neck feels amazing, it gets skinny at the nut, making it very easy to play the low notes. despite the 37" scale, it's more comfortable than my 35" bass. It's my first fan fret, and holy sh*t i'm sold. I want all FF instruments now. The fretwork is just great. No sharp edges. The quality of the wood is pretty awesome too. I bought it with the case to ensure safe shipping. Acoustically, this is a loud, bright, resonate beast of a bass. When I first picked it up, I couldn't believe the sound of the low B. I've never heard a brighter, sturdier low B. Sounds like a big piano/church bell. How 'bout those weird guitar pickups? why would they put them in a bass? Because they sound surprisingly great. I want another pair for my other bass. For passive pickups they are SUPER FRIGGIN' HOT! I can only put my Apogee Quartet at a gain of 4 without clipping... I decided to plug into my pedal chain (decimator g, keeley 4, od808x) then into a 6505+ with a Vader 2x15. OMG. It's one of the coolest sounds I've ever heard. I can't wait to mic it and mix it with a DI. It even responds to palm mutes! Sounds like Danza. Now on to some minor modifications. I put some Schaller strap locks on, replaced the stock pot knobs with walnut to match the neck reinforcements, and got a big ol' set of Kalium strings to tune to drop F# to play along with my 8 string Intrepid. I had to bust a nut file out and give it a little elbow grease to get the strings to sit right. .176 on the bottom. I've never heard a note that low sound and play so fantastic. Completely impressed with the bass and skip's strings (as always, it's all I use on my instruments.) I'm away for holiday, no bass amps, no interface, no sound clips. I know a lot of people were looking at these, so if anyone has any questions, ask away.