I play in a classic rock band and needed to get a 5-string bass to avoid having to tune down for songs we play a half step down, My budget was $1500 and I played many basses in that prices category. In the end the Stiletto Studio proved to be as good as or better as basses in that price range so I went with it and have not regretted it. Its a beautifully constructed instrument. The action on this bass is low with no string buzzing and set up well from the factory. The main thing I noticed when I first played it is the rich warm tone with very long sustain. I don't know if that is due to the neck thru body construction or the wood used. It is heavy, but probably that is the price you pay for the long sustain and warm tone. In fact I had to learn to mute open strings because the whole thing resonates and can set off some open strings to resonate, but once I learned the technique it was no problem and its worth it to get that deep rich tone. I am very happy with this bass and it will be my main ax for the foreseeable future, I don't see any need to upgrade as it will be hard to get any better than this.