This is basically an inexpensive version of the famous Paul McCartney violin bass, made by Hofner. Much better than expected and perfectly playable producing a classic tone that won't dissappoint at all. It's a very good bass for the price.
I think it looks great, sounds great and is always a conversation piece when people see it and say "what the hell is that?" Then they hear it and shut up. For it's style and tone it does a brilliant job in it's genre, you can't really compare it to anything else as it's not like anything else.