Sound — 8
This is a great all-around bass, but what do you expect from a company that has been building basses for 50+ years. Handles funk, blues, jazz (obviously), rock, country, punk, even some decent metal tones. One really interesting feature is the greasebucket tone control. basically, unlike most passive tone controls, when it rolls off the high end it doesn't add in any bass, so your tone changes in a much purer way. I swapped the strings for GHS .050-.115 boomers and the pickups to Seymour Duncan quarter pounders. The stock pickups are very tame, if you want something more aggressive, take them out.
Overall Impression — 10
You know by now my impression. Why are you still reading this? Haven't you gone out and bought one yet? No? Well get on that!
Reliability & Durability — 9
The only major concern I have is the nitrocellulose finish. Since it is a thinner finish, it comes off much more easily. However, since it allows more of the natural resonance of the wood to come out, I think it's a small price to pay. Everything was top notch, very impressed. I would never consider bringing a backup, this is a remarkable instrument that has been dropped, bashed around and sat on, yet it still keeps its tuning and sounds amazing.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Guitar came set up really well, as I said earlier I swapped a few things. No complaints.
Features — 8
Made in 2003, feateres a 20-fret rosewood fretboard, maple neck with a rosewood skunkstripe, alder body with a red nitrocellulose finish (matte and transparent instead of shiny and solid), Fender US tuners, Fender US bridge, Fender US pickups, standard J-Bass control layout, white pickguard. Came stock with Fender superbadd .045-.110 strings. Passive electronics. Pretty standard J-Bass fare.