Price paid: $ 118.5
Purchased from: Freind
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, it is an amazing bass to start with, much better than I deserved when I first started. It is very well priced new as well. I have been playing about six months, and am planning on buying a new guitar very soon. I'll still keep this one around for sure though. If it were stolen. I would find out who it is and beat the shit out of them-I live in a town with 500 people. But actually, I would probably just splurge on a new more expensive one. All in all, just remember these words-If you are just starting, you can't make a better choice than this bass. None.
Reliability & Durability — 4
This is sort of where I was dissapointed. The hardware inside the guitar isn't the greatest. My tone knob worked erratically, and once I completely lost signal to my amp. I had to open up the guts and solder a few wires that came loose. I've played live a few times before with it, and it stands up well to abuse. I'm not entirely sure I would trust it by itself without a backup. The strap buttons are fine, as long as your strap is. My old one was cheap, and the guitar fell a ton. I got a new dunlop strap, and haven't had one problem since.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I can't say about how it was from the factory, but when I got it I restringed the guitar and re-adjusted the pickups just for the hell of it. It did improve the sound a great deal. The finish it good and looks nice, but chips very easily. As long as you treat it fine and aren't a clutz, it'll stay fine. As a side note though, if you plan on using a pick at any point, remove the thumb rest. It's not hard at all, and can be a potential pain in the ass depending on your playing style.
Features — 10
Not sure about the year, maybe 2001 or 2002 model. Has 20 frets, a volume knob and a tone knob. Split humbucker pickup, maple neck, thumb rest and chrome hardware. My guitar is pure black version.