After playing hundreds of basses and guitars over the past 15 years...it has been a while since I have been seriously inspired by something. I like the classic vi's but never was impressed by the low E string sound, but with this Ibanez with its active electronics, I am more than pleased...playing the cure, surf, blues or bass in general it is amazing. The short scale makes it easy to play, and the string spacing is close enough for cords, but wide enough to play finger style. While it is an amazing tapping machine, it is a little tricky to slap. I play it through a SWR Redhead, and a Randall SC212, and both sound great depending on what sound you want.