Sound — 9
For metal, rock, and even blues this is a great bass. The soap bar pickup has sounded good through just about any amp I've played, and has plenty of low-end rumble. Not noisy at all, can be a bit bright on the higher strings. All in all, the sound is there. Good bass for effects use too.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, if you're beginning with a 5 string, this is an awesome bass for that. Also good for an experienced player like myself who wants a cheap bass that'll hold up. Favorite things about it are the look, sound, and playability of it. Cons to it would be the lesser quality building materials. Not crappy, but cheap. I'd say it's just as good as any Ibanez bass of the same value. If stolen, I'd more than likely buy another.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Pretty solid piece, all in all. I've gigged it before without a backup and it does just fine. Probably wouldn't stand up to heavy road use, though. Dependable, but certainly not a touring bass by any means. Strap buttons are in as tight as a drum, not loose at all.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
They way it's set up now, it plays well. All routing and such is perfect. The low B rattles a bit, but most budget 5 string basses do. Action is lower than most, but doesn't buzz if you have it set up right. The strings are a bit close together, which makes slapping a bit different, but once you're used to it it's fine.
Features — 9
Made sometime in 2010. 5 string that has a 2 octave neck that's fairly thin. Solid top body finished in black. Nothing fancy, and gets the job done. Really glossy and looks great on stage. Sort of an Ibanez style body and has a passive soap bar pickup. Standard Volume/Tone knobs. Stock Dean pickup and tuners. Didn't include anything extra with it, but that's no biggie.