I got this bass from Sam Ash NYC 4 years ago and never felt the need to upgrade. I use it in all types of music. I did change the pickups but that was a matter of personal preference not necessity. The Duncan designed pickups that it came with are great. This was a birthday gift from my daughter and its one I will always cherish. I use flatwound lights and I get all the tones from a fat acoustic type sound to a Jaco sound but a lot fuller. With rounds it has a nice tight slap sound also because of the ebanol fretboard there's no worry of string wear.
East Harlem, NY