Sound — 6
This bass does not have versatile tone controls. It sounds alright, but is decently noisy. It has a vast tonal range, but limited tone variation. I use an Ampeg B2-RE bass amplifier head with the cab section of a Peavey TKO 115. I had to make some circuitry modifications for it to sound a little better. The sound doesn't exactly stand out without hard work.
Overall Impression — 9
I play jazz, progressive rock, metal, rock, pop, and more. This can work well with some adjustments to my amplifier's EQ section. I have been playing for six years. I own an Ampeg B2-RE bass head, dbx 160a compressor, and Peavey TKO 115. This bass survives the rigor of playing hard. It could sound a lot better, but this bass is dirt cheap for its quality.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This bass will certainly be suitable for Live playing because it can simply take the abuse. The hardware does last. The strap button screw came out one time, but I used a larger screw and it's been fine since. I have used this bass at gigs with no backup. The finish is very durable, I have scratched it and dinged it, but it still looks good.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action is decent, but it's not too easy to tap on. The pickups were at a great height. Everything was solid on this bass. To this day nothing has rusted or broken. I have had this bass over 3-4 years. The nut, saddles, bridge and tuners are all solid. The potentiometers had to be changed; thought this is normal after a few years the wiper wears down the phenolic wafer.
Features — 8
This bass was constructed in China. Rosewood fretboard, 21 frets, 34" scale. Solid Top, hard rock maple neck, and basswood body. Quilted top. String-thru body bridge, passive electronics, volume, and 2 tone controls. A neck and bridge jazz pickup. Solid tuners.