I was in need of a four string bass. I usually use a 5 string but I've found a need lately for a 4 string. Looked at Fender,Epiphone,Sterling etc. I found this baby to be the best dollar value. The workmanship on it is excellent. I love the color Black Planet Matte. Btw the 300 series and 400 series are pretty much identical except for the cosmetic differences. As for tones man you can certainly get a lot of different tones with the pickups,eq, and coil switch. My only complaint when i got it home from my local Sam Ash store the strings were way high off the neck. I was unable to adjust the neck as the allen wrench just wasn't turning. I was able to adjust the saddles and lower them also hung the bass from a wall mount and in a few days it's much better now very playable. I still would recommend this bass highly. The price along with the tone and workmanship is really great.