I was extremely surprised, relieved, and happy with this bass right out of the box. There's a sticker on top of the cellophane of the pickguard that says the instrument was adjusted and set up at the factory, and after inspecting the bridge's action, intonation, and the neck's fret work, that wasn't false advertising. The bass felt amazing and unbelievable for the price I paid (the only slight thing is the nut needs some touching up due to slightly buzzing open strings - it wasn't too bad, though; very easy to fix). My main worry was the fret work and it couldn't have been better: smooth neck edges, no sharp fret ends, no noticeably high frets, and, best of all, no fret buzz. I haven't played it through my main rig, but as far as I can hear through my headphones the tone is pretty darn close to spot-on Stingray tone as it gets. If you're on the fence with this bass...hop off!! Buy with confidence!!
Baton Rouge, LA