When I came back to music after a 4 year retirement. I first bought this bass. This bass has a really good tone when playing a practice session or jamming with a band. Live is where this bass shows it's lackluster quality. It has a deep but flat sound that can only be amp controlled. The higher dollar counterparts have the Bartolini pickups which are awesome. (I also own an SR 756 and BTB676 that are lightyears beyond this bass) For someone who wants to try a 6 string bass, I will suggest it.