Price paid: $ 240
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
This sound is just what I was hoping for. It's more of a rich full sound, and sounds great when it's loaded with distortion, synth wah, or if it's just played on any old amp. Even if you're not looking for a metal bass, with slight tone adjustments, this also makes a good jazz bass. I play it in my jazz band at school and the tone is perfect for what we play.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, this is a very good bass. I play primarily jazz and metal, and it works very well for both of those. It would also work well for playing Led Zeppelin or The Who style, because it has a very firm sound. Another category where this gets major points is value. I got this bass for a low price and it has worked for me very well. And I picked this over other basses a few years ago because my price range than wasn't very high, and for the other basses in the prize range this was my favorite, and even now I love to play with this bass. My favorite things about this bass are the look, the neck, and the tone. I've been playing for about three and a half years, and this is still my favorite bass to play with.
Reliability & Durability — 8
The reliability and durability of this bass is great. While playing it certainly would not give out on you. The straps stay on perfectly well, and it's built very solid. However, for actually playing a concert, there's a problem: this bass is HEAVY. It's a lot heavier than most basses. It would sound great during gig, but depending on how long it is it might get too heavy. For example, I couldn't see someone bearing the weight for a two hour concert. If it was just half an hour or an hour you'd be fine. This also depends on your size. I only weigh about 125, so for heavier people it might be fine. You might only have to do it for certain songs, or maybe it's just because I'm light, but I don't know if you could carry this bass through a whole concert.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar was set up well at the factory. I haven't had to make any adjustments due to fret buzzing or anything of the sort. The bridge and pickups were put on nicely, and the frets are perfect indeed. The only flaw I can find as far as the finish is very small, but there nonetheless. As I said earlier, the paint on the bottom chips rather easily. While it's in a spot where it won't be noticed, it still bothers me because it's my bass.
Features — 8
I like that this guitar had 24 frets. I think every bass should have that. That's the only reason I don't have a Fender jazz (20 frets) and another great thing about this bass is the neck. It's the perfect smoothness for playing. I don't know the kind of wood, but it is good. My only complaint about that is that the paint on the bottom started chipping after not long at all. I've had this bass for about three years, and everything still works well. It has two knobs, one for volume and one for tune (high treble, high bass) And the tuners work rather well. It holds tune for longer than most basses I've had. It came with just the bass, but it was a good price.