Price paid: C$ 290
Purchased from: Long & McQuade
Sound — 9
I play Punk and with a pick (mostly Rise Against and Green Day) and this works great for that, (along with my SansAmp VT Bass pedal but that's a different review). It's a P-Bass, so, it sounds like a P-Bass, most of you reading this will probably know what that means. Personally I love the sound, even when I'm not using the pedal it sounds great, very clean, not muddy at all. It seems pretty versitile, but I don't change my settings much (usually half low, no mid, full high). It does what I need it to do great, but sound is a personal thing, so play it before you buy it.
Overall Impression — 9
If it was somehow lost I would for sure buy another one, I have no complaints except the action, which is fixed with a little patience. I wouldn't say it's better than one of the expensive Fenders, but this will beat any other bass under $1000 in my opinion. P.S. The white with black looks awesome. Simple, but not boring, which is also how I play.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This bass will survive a gig for sure, everything about it seems rock solid, the action being the only issue I have. I've got one of those Planet Waves locking straps (which is great) so I don't need to worry about stap locks, but the buttons seem good, like I said, everything's rock solid. I play it usually a couple hours a day (for nine months now) and it still could pass as Brand New. I would play without a backup, but I've got one, so that's not an issue.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The finish is flawless, except for one big dent that was my fault (again) and it plays great. It has the finish on the neck that's not to thick, which I like (I hate the glossy necks), and its a pretty thin neck, very fast, and easier to play chords on than any other bass I've played. However the action is really high because if its any lower it buzzes, I'm gonna get the truss rod adjusted because I don't know how, and I think that'll fix it.
Features — 9
I got this bass nine months ago as my first bass. MY first, I had been borrowing a few different basses from a couple friends before that, so I wasn't a complete newbie. I looked through all of the basses under $350 on GC and after a month or so I narrowed it down to this or an Epiphone Thunderbird. When I went to my local store I tried out one of each, and the P-Bass won, though I still like the T-Bird and might pick one up in the future. Anyway, it's a pretty simple, no frills P-Bass in white with a black pickguard. Simple. I like simple. The tone knob really changes the sound and the electronics seem pretty good, I haven't had any problems yet, except for a wire I had to resolder, but that was my fault anyway. The pickups are good, or at least, I like them, that's really a personal thing, but the quality is great. You'd probably have to go with one of the $1500 Fenders to get a better one.