Sound — 8
I play a lot of modern rock and the occasional slapping/tapping also. Its sound handles all of it perfectly. High or low. It's pretty quiet, if you turn the Treble knob all the way up you hear a very slight hissing noise but I've never found a bass that doesn't do that. It's not loud enough to really interfere with anything anyway so I don't care. I'd say this bass has a very bright sound, as do most Schecters I've played. If that's not your thing then this bass isn't for you. The 3-band EQ is very flexible so I can, get a variety of tones without having to walk up to the amp. Usefel for quick changes while your performing.
Overall Impression — 9
I'm in a band and play a lot of "Modern Rock." Bands like Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Finger Eleven, Shinedown, Crossfade, etc. Even a Primus song on occasion too as a test of my abilities. This baby can handle it beautifully. I've been playing for 2 years and own an Ibanez SR400 and a cheap Ibanez starter bass and the Schecter is my axe is choice. The low B string has a beautiful growl and it's high notes are very clear too. If it were stolen I'd buy it again, maybe the 6-String version instead for the added range but I'm happy with my fiver. The only thing I wish it had is a split bridge like the Elite does. The Studio has a high quality bridge though so I'm happy with it. If you're considering buying this, go for either this of the Elite. They're the two best basses in this price range.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This thing is built like a tank. I've dropped it, and the finish would be able to handle it without getting scratched or dented. I've spun it around and the strap stayed on the strap buttons. The strap buttons themselves are very reliable. It withstands Live playing easily and the bridge and tuners feel very solid. They won't need replacement any time soon, or ever. I depend on it fully and often it's the only bass I bring to my performances.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
Overall, I was not very happy with the set-up. The action was a little high and the strings had a very "loose" feel to them (they were in tune also). I took it in for set-up at a local store for $20 and it felt much better. The screws on a few of the knobs were loose too but that was an easy fix. The wood that the pickup's screw was drilled into became stripped though so I had to refill the hole and rescrew it in again. The finish was beautiful though, not a scratch or dent in sight. It can take a beating too. I've banged my bass of soooo many things and I only have one tiny scratch on the bottom after an accident I had. Overall this bass needs some adjustments and doesn't play very well "out of the box." Nothing that can't be fixed though.