Musicman Stingray 5 Neck-Thru Bass
Before commenting on the instrument itself, I should mention the truly excellent level of service I received from Sweetwater, and their Sales Engineer, Brock Andrews. His email responses were immediate, comprehensive, and always helpful and very friendly.
Regarding the bass... absolutely fantastic. I've owned several Stingray 5's over the years, and this one everything I'd hoped it would be. Visually, it's exactly as shown in the hi-res photos Brock emailed me before shipping. The build quality and finish are flawless, and in my opinion the neck-thru construction adds noticeably to the resonance and sustain of the bass compared to a standard SR5, and as I said, I've owned a few! Well worth the price tag. Thank you Ernie Ball, thank you Sweetwater. A great product, and a great experience.