I originally bought this bass to play an event where electric instruments are a no-no. A/E bass guitars are always a compromise. The bass wave is huge, and you can only make the body so big before it ends up being a stand-up bass. I tried a lot of instruments in all price ranges before deciding the Ibanez was the best compromise between quality sound and cost. I love the controls, and the built-in tuner is definitely a bonus. You really can't go wrong with this bass.