This is a very nice bass that I am growing to appreciate more and more. I had to send the first one back due to a faulty selector switch and Sam Ash quickly sent a replacement which has been fine for about a year now. I put D'Addario ECB81 flatwound strings on it and they work great for the classic sound I was looking for. I can get a good woody thump playing with my thumb and palm mute and then crank up the tone controls and using a pick, get solid low end definition with a little growl if needed. Several sound engineers have been impressed by the tones I get. It is pretty comfortable to play despite the neck dive typical of a semi-hollow bass. My right arm didn't agree with upper edge of the body, so I raised it up a bit and that has helped. The three piece neck (nice touch) is slim and the set-up was fine right out of the box. The 30 3/4" scale is slightly longer than a normal short scale neck. The fit and finish is extremely good. It looks great! The hardshell case is nice but with one thing I find very annoying. When you set it down on its side it tips over because it rests on two feet and two hinges, which are lower than the feet. Oh, yeah, IT ONLY GOES UP TO 9! So if you need to go to 10 (much less 11), it's not there. Nigel Tufnel would not approve! All 5 volume and tone controls only go to 9.