I've been playing a long time but I have not had many instruments, but this is a fantastic bass. I can't really say enough good about. Gorgeous, excellent finish, no flaws anywhere. Neck feels great, of course not for those who like big chunky necks. Pickups don't have huge output, but they sound very good, much better than my early '80's American made Jazz. Perfectly balanced. Balance between the pickups is fun to fiddle with. Really great instrument.