I had a P-bass knock off for 20 years and it was fine, but wanted to step up to active electronics, faster neck, better tone, etc. After MUCH research, my heart was set on a Mexican Fender J-Bass, but the Sam Ash employee asked me to try this LTD. I was impressed by the looks, wood selection, neck-through body and solid, beefy hardware. I found nothing near this price range even came close to the awesome sound and feel. Great modern to funk/slapping to finger-picking Motown sounds. The active EQ is golden and simple. This does it all very well and it's so much fun to play. Don't buy anything without test-driving these!