I'm a guitar player wanting an affordable 5 string bass for noodling and recording. Ibanez produces a lot of bang for the buck. In my humble opinion this 5 string bass is the best affordable bass out there. Sam Ash hooked me up with a nice discount for ordering promptly with them. I received it in two days from the Tampa store. I am very pleased with it. I believe it to be the slimmest 5 string neck. Plays very well, sounds great, the wood is beautiful and hardware seems to be quality.