Sound — 10
This bass screams metal. I needed a 5 string for low tunings (as far as drop A). I'm running it through a very "crappy" amp (Ibanez BT-10) and it still manages to give me an awesome sound overall with low ends. Noise (even with my amp) is at a minimum making this bass almost silent (when idle). Tweaking the amp and knobs the range of sound that this bass can give you is pretty wide. To top it off for the perfect sound (for me), I slapped on Ernie Ball Bass 5 Slinkies (45-130).
Overall Impression — 10
I play metal (thrash, death). And this bass serves that fact well both with sound and looks. If it were stolen, I'd do my best to break the theif's face and if it were lost, I'd have to buy another one. I love the sleek black Shine it gives off. With 24 frets, sleek looks, low "B" string, and the reliability ESP; this bass is perfect.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It's very durable. I've dropped it a few times and not a scratch. It's perfect for Live playing, though I wouldn't go on stage without a back up in case of string snapping. Other than that, this will be the only bass you'll use all night. The hardware looks good enough to depend on for years.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
When I got it, I didn't notice any flaws. The pickups were adjusted perfectly. The actions was great right out of the box. All I had to do was tune it and it was a dream. The bridge is perfect, making string changes easy. The looks aren't half bad as far as hardware. The finish does, however, leave fingerprints, but this can be fixed by simply cleaning it.
Features — 10
It didn't come with anything. It didn't really need anything. It was fine just as it was. It has 24 frets. Agathis body, making this baby Shine. It's got a 34 in scale maple neck with a rosewood fretboard. Dot inlays with the model name on the 12th fret. 2 volume 1 tone knob. ESP LDJ/LDP set pickups.