Price paid: A$ 240
Purchased from: Cash Converters
Sound — 10
This bass compliments any style I throw at it. It does classic rock without a sweat, jazz with a bit of set up, it does funk incredibly well, and also heavy stuff if I really push it. The fifth string sounds so powerful, it's like my amp will burst. The overall tone of the bass is a nice, round tone, and does especially well on lower frequencies, but at the same time sounds bright at the higher end. I wouldn't reccommend slap on it, as slapping on a 5 string is difficult, but it also sounds nice. I've just been using my small Peavey practice amp with it so far, but it sounds really nice on it.
Overall Impression — 9
In my current band, we're playing progressive rock stuff, and this bass is the all-rounder you need for that sort of music. Great on both low-end and high end, can deliver a "growling" tone for heavier parts. Also awesome for my funk side-project, because it can also be really bright on the high end with some tweaking. And it's CHEAP! Perfect for me and my crappy pay.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This bass just FEELS solid to me. Like, if put in a cage match against another instrument, it'll come out smiling every time (except maybe against a tuba). It's also pretty heavy and has a reliable feel to it. The hardware definitely won't be spontaneously combusting anytime soon, so I'm happy with it. The buttons are solid as rock. I would definitely use it in a gig without a backup. I wouldn't even need a backup for alternate tunings, because of that fifth string. The finish is possibly made of diamond/titanium, because it never scratches. Ever.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
This is the only area this bass fails to excel in. The action was perfect when I got it, the pickups were just fine and the finish has pretty much been invincible ever since I bought it. The only problem was that THE TUNING PEG FELL OFF! Now, this was sold at Cash Converters (Australian equivalent of a pawn shop), so I'm guessing that it was damaged by its previous owner (bastard...), but it still shouldn't do that. I got the whole machinehead replaced, and it's solid as a rock now. Also, the wood seems a bit soft. I knocked the headstock on another guitar during a gig, and it made a fairly noticeable dent on it. Also, the jack comes loose every now and then, but that's an easy fix.
Features — 9
This bass was made in Indonesia. I have no idea how old it is, but, I'm guessing 2008-2010. It's got 5 strings, which was my initial attraction to it. (I wasn't sure whether to review this in Standard P-Bass or Special P-Bass. It says it's Standard on the headstock.) It has 22 jumbo frets (a little too big for me initially, but I've gotten used to it.), standard butterfly tuning pegs and open gear machineheads, a maple body and a rosewood fingerboard. It's got a really pretty metallic red finish and a white pickguard, which, I feel, goes really nicely with the pale wood of the headstock. It's got two pickups, one standard P-Bass pickup, one standard J-bass one. It's got two volume knobs and one tone knob (which I feel doesn't change the tone enough for my taste). I got this on it's own, with no accessories.