Went to my local Sam Ash store who btw is a way better store than GC. I was looking for this model in a four string but nobody had one. I went to see this five string anyway. Over the years I tried to fall in love with a five string and well really never could. When I tried this one out first thing was the neck as Ibanez is known for was the thinnest neck I've ever seen on a five string bass. I love an unlined fretless and this was the best price point I saw for an unlined bass. The woods used in this baby are something else. The Bartolini pick ups are warm and with lots of overtones. I thought the Piezo pick up was going to be a lot less effective than what it is. In reality it really can be dialed in for great extra tones. Any way bottom line is that at this price you are really getting a boutique bass at a reasonable price. Don't hesitate in buying this bass.