I use the Stingray for recording and for gigs. It is a precision instrument. I could have spent $2K on one, but this baby is perfect. Tuned it when it came out of the box and haven't touched the tuning since. It just sits in the same spot and allows me to play. The sound is perfect, I occasionally make minor changes to the EQ to get a different sound, but it allows me to get in the drummers pocket and stay there. Great bass for the price!