Sound — 10
Can range from super-mellow to rock-your-balls-off punchy. Awesomely versatile, probably cause of the active electronics. Great harmonics and sustain, due to the massive bridge. I play everything from blues and jazz to funk and slap to metal and punk, and this bass has never let me down.
Overall Impression — 9
This is the best bass I have ever touched, however short-lived it may be. I love the versatility of its tone, as well as the aesthetic value of the radical body and bridge design. If something happened to this bass I would probably replace it with a higher model of Traben, preferrably one with a gloss finish that wouldn't chip.
Reliability & Durability — 7
I have had my Traben for a little over a year. The finish chips very easily around the edges, and dents easily too. About a month ago, my Bass pot came loose inside the guitar, and I had to remount it. Also, the neck has bent, or something, and the action at the 24th fret is waaaay higher than it should be, though I could probably fix that with a truss rod adjustment.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I got this from a discount dealer, and when I bought it it was already set up just right. He said he had just gotten it, so assuming it was brand-new, the factory set-up is superb. Action was low enough to be super-fast, but not so low as to give buzz. Custom Traben strings come standard on the bass, and sound great, and the bass holds tune for months. I just moved overseas from Maryland to Taiwan, and after a month and a half of travelling on a boat overseas, the bass was still in tune when it arrived.
Features — 10
My Traben is a 4-string Array bass. 24 frets, active electronics, two active Traben soapbar pickups (with a blend knob, not a swich), abalone dot inlays, matte black finish, and a specialty Traben Array bridge. Volume, pickup, bass, mid, and treble knobs. Amazingly thin, fast neck (thinnest bass neck I've ever played on, in fact).