I bought this bass off Amazon after a friend of mine (a bass player I really respect) told me about this guitar. So, I never played one, but went ahead and bought it anyway!
I ordered on Friday and it was at my doorstep on Tuesday! First impression: wow, this is a beautiful guitar! Second impression: "he wasn't kidding, this neck is damn near perfect and fast!" I've been playing this baby nonstop for days now and can't get enough of it's tone, neck, and versatility. Seriously, this baby plays like a dream.
I've played many high end basses. My other main bass is a modulus q5, so my fingers are picky when it comes to basses claiming to have nice necks and tone. The 44-01 stands up in every way.
If you're on the fence, pull the trigger; you won't be disappointed.