Plays fast and smooth, great action and lightweight. Looks and plays like an instrument twice its price. The walnut finish adds a lot to its "visual value" as the glossy black and color versions look "cheap" by comparison. The low E has/had some buzz which is fixable but can not be completely eliminated. However, it's not enough to be distracting when plugged in. The Phat II eq bass boost is tricky to use–it's either waaaaay too much or non-existent. Also chokes the tone and creates a "pop" in the string attack that is ugly (my opinion). It's probably more effective with a high watt rig in a large space, but small venues/jamming it reduces your low-end to loud popping even with a pick. I just tweak the low end on the amp and leave the bass boost off.