Price paid: $ 300
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 8
Sound is good for metal, and some rock, but that's about it. Doesn't have a bluesy tone at all, or funk, or anything like that. This bass was made for ripping metal. Bass does have a bit of punch though, and even on a crappy Peavey 20 watt practice amp, it sounds good. The pickup selector is nice too, and gives a nice range of sounds, going from higher toned, to deeper toned, and the sweetspot in between.
Overall Impression — 3
I play a lot of fast metal and such, but I also like funk and blues, so this bass works for metal. I've been playing for 3 years, but the only good thing about this bass is it's looks, and even those are starting to wear away. I really wish I had seen past the looks and gone with something else with better action and playability. If this was stolen my only gripe would be paying for a better bass, as this is worth quite a bit and will help when I upgrade soon.
Reliability & Durability — 4
Bass is easily scratched, and finger prints show like night and day. The bass has a tendency to not want to hold onto it's strap, resulting in the bass falling to the floor if I'm not careful. I can't say I would use it live without a backup as well, as I just don't trust it by itself yet, and probably wont ever.
Action, Fit & Finish — 3
The bass is interesting. Action could be better, what with the sticky paint on the neck, even if it does Shine like the surface of the sun. Also, the pickup selector and volume knobs wobble in their respective places, and any gold metal on the bass itself is tarnished deeply. Also, the wood quality could be better. It looks cheap.
Features — 7
Made in 2005 (Reissue of the 1958), and made in Korea. It's on a 34" scale, and has 22 frets. Black paint is absolutely beautiful and goes with the white pick guard and gold hardware quite nicely. Although, the gold tarnishes very quickly, and makes me a bit irritated when I look at it. Neck is thru the body, and gives a nice sound. The wood looks cheap, and probably is, but that's alright I guess. The fret inlay is cheap plastic, and they didn't even bother to make it look remotely like pearl, like a lot of guitars do. Electronics sound very nice, and there is no fret buzz at all. No gig bag was included though, and it was a pain to find one that fits this bass. Plus the custom made hard shell cases cost about $80 each, sadly...