From the 27 basses I've owned in the past 30 years, the Epiphone Viola rates with my favorite 3. These were my Alembic Ripper, Rickenbacker 3001 and my current Peavey Rudy Sarzo signature bass. Everything about this bass is great. I play through an Acoustic B600 amp and B810H cabinet. This bass is so light but big on sound! Only thing is no slap/pop but makes up in speed for triplets. Viola was set-up perfect when I received it from SA and was even in tune. Great bass and I recommend it for beginners or experienced players.