Sound — 9
Well as a bassist who focuses a lot on jazz it is perfect for that kind of sound, with great variation of tones, with a full sound, I'm playing this through 125 watt amp (Carlson). The guitar can make most sounds you could want from a bass guitar, with enough adjustments made on the knobs. When playing such things as bass chords each note is audible-not a drone of sound, so you can really express yourself. The only fault, and this would only really matter for a metal bassist, that it hasn't got much power behind it, the S-1 switching system was a dissappointment as didn't other much more 'bass tone', this to me shows it much more for the advanced bassist who solo's and has his/her own riffs not following the guitar, following a guitar would be pointless on such a instrument really as it's not designed for that. Though as each note is so perfect I am giving it a 9, for it truly makes a beautiful sound.
Overall Impression — 9
I play jazz, and anything with a outstanding bass riff (lots of the time slap bass) so it is perfect. I have been playing nearly two years, but started on classical guitar around 6 years ago, so was quite advancd when I started, on classical I use my dads old Juan Estruch trovador classical/flamenco guitar, hand made in barcelona 30 years ago. I would definetely buy this again if it were stolen, though I would like to experiment with the Jaguar bass guitar by Fender. Compared to top range Ibanez's I have played this always comes out on top for clarity and tone, though not volume.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Yes I beleive this guitar would withstand Live playing, it has a great 'personality' on stage and alows the user to really stand out. I think the hardware will last for a fair amount of time, the wood especially though the knobs and small other parts might have to be replaced in 10 years time. The finish is good, I would of preffered different colours to my shoreline gold, though it stills looks great(sunset Orange I think is the best colour.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The pickups are great, equal for each string so one doesn't get more power than another, the bridge works fine, with a nice neat system. I love the solid maple neck, which allows you to see the quality of the wood unlike rosewood necks. Nothing was/is damaged in anyway.
Features — 10
Hard case, strap, warranty, cleaning equipment, humidifier, warranty, allen keys, owner details etc. It is shorline gold, with a maple neck (alder body I think). It has two of the standard pickups used in the model and has Jumbo frets. Volume and two controls are given(one for each pickup).