I bought this bass, my bass is all wood, no paint. I bought one of the first ones like 17 years ago from Sam ash. I like the fact I pull it out of the case, and it still has a great sound. The neck is straight, frets are smooth. It's still my favorite bass. The only thing is, wish it had more cut out for your hand on the bottom side. I own more expensive basses, but this one is my favorite like I said before.