Price paid: $ 349
Purchased from: MusiciansFriend
Sound — 9
I play in an alternative/hard rock band with influences ranging from Chevelle to Godsmack to Beaking Benjamin to whoever else. We even play those old sappy songs everyone in the bars love such as Clapton, Skynard, and Tom Petty. This bass is amazing sound-wise. If you are a rocker, this bass will suit you just fine, even for heavy metal (I play a lot of 5FDP and Trivium at home). I think it would be great for any style, although it may not look great for every style. I play through an Acoustic half stack (4x10 cab and B200 head) and this puppy growls and thumps like no other bass I have ever played. Fits me perfectly. Action was perfect out of the box, and D'Addario strings fit it just fine. The placement of the pickups is pretty good, and the MM is very comfortable for resting my thumb on while using fingers. Overall, the sound is great for hard rock and probably would fit any style well.
Overall Impression — 9
Great sound, awesome looks, and VERY comfortable to play. This bass has a smaller body than most, and is very light. Good balance throughout. I would replace it in a heartbeat because it is a definite eye-catcher, and sounds awesome. The only thing I would replace or change is the size of the body. It is pretty damn small. But don't worry, standing up in comfy and the neck stays where you need it.
Reliability & Durability — 5
Everything is good and solid, and so far it has done well in live situations. However, I have only had it for three weeks, so we will have to wait and see. I will give it a 5 just because I do not know for sure. All I can say is that my Stiletto has never let me down, and Schecter makes a high quality instrument from what I have seen.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Everything was perfect out of the box. Well done Schecter. This bass is absolutely beautiful up close.
Features — 9
Construction: Set neck Body: mahogany Neck: 3-piece mahogany Scale: 34" Fingerboard: Rosewood Frets: 24 jumbo Inlays: black pearloid tribal Pickups: EMG-Hz MM Electronics: Vol-EMG Active 2-band EQ (with selectable frequencies) Bridge: Schecter custom-string thru-body (or top load) Tuners: Schecter Hardware: black chrome This bass has 24 jumbo frets with a beautiful tribal design on the fretboard. MM style humbucker at the bridge and a soap-bar humbucker at the neck position (both EMG). Did not come with any accessories, which was a major bummer because for such a beautiful guitar, a gig bag would have been nice to protect it during shipping. This is just a custom model based on the DV-4 basses. The differences are the color of the bass and hardware, the fretboard inlays, and extra humbucker.