I've been a hardcore Fender bass [and guitar] player for my whole adult life. And, like a lot of us on this forum, I've owned my share of basses & guitars. Teles, Strats, Jazz basses & one P bass, which was the longest standing instrument as far as length of ownership. Pretty much every instrument that went thru my hands was [as in had to be] modded in some way. My first P Bass was a '73 that I had a whole $225 into brand new[w/OHSC]. Right from the beginning it was a real headache. Bad pots, sub-par pickup and a bridge that would allow the A-string to abandon you right in the middle of a gig. [One minute it was there and the next it was laying flat on the neck.] I played it pretty much for 11 years until I walked away from music to pursue another passion - photography. Once I got back into playing & gigging I went thru a string of decent instruments but something was always lacking. Sterile, lifeless, great but not my thing. It wasn't until a few months ago that my lovely wife insisted on buying me "something special" for my 60th B-day. I told her it wasn't necessary. After all, we'd just spent several weeks in India celebrating the day at the Golden Temple in Amritsar but, she insisted. I went thru the current list of goodies: Fuji X10; iPad, etc.,etc. When it finally came down to just what I wanted it turned out to be a cross between my old P Bass and the myriad of Jazz basses I'd had over the years. This is my personal take on a P bass realized by David Cirtin [www.certainbass.com]. Its special due to it's subtleties like an oil finish* - neck, body & maple pickguard. Jazz neck with a nice U contour [that just lays in your hand like it's been there forever] and an exquisitely cut nut + rolled edges with a very nice grain that fits into the tightest neck pocket I've ever seen. Alder body, standard bridge & tuners, CTS pots with a uniquely mounted output jack that has no contact with the pickguard itself. David & I went over a the important [to me] details and he rose above & beyond what I expected. Strung it up with a set of D'Addario ENR70's and it's good to go. And the sound? It rocks! Old school able to rise to the occasion - if ever the occasion arises. Kinda like me Photos? You got 'em: *If you ever want to play a guitar that feels like it's been played for 40 years - go this route. There's nothing more pleasing IMHO than picking up this bass and feeling nothing but WOOD. What a concept . . .