Price paid: £ 275
Purchased from: PMT (Professional Music Technology)
Sound — 10
As I said above the 'knobs' on the bass help you effortlessly change your tone between songs - you can flick the Bass and middle up and have a deep rumble, or for a bit of slap, whack the treble and middle up - the possibilities are endless! Treban claim that having a bigger bridge produces a bigger tone - and I absolutly believe them, on comparison with my Fender Jaguar the tone is far punchier.
Overall Impression — 9
I play Indie music mostly (with the occansional burst of metal - distortion pedals are great!) and have been playing for a good seven years by now and I have to say I'm chuffed with this bass. I plug it in to a (Jim Dunlop) Bass Wah > (Behringer) Bass Chorus > (Behringer) Bass Overdrive and then into a Laney RB4 and it sounds immense. In comparison to my other basses (an Ibanez and a Fender) I'd say I cherish this one the least; bashing it around and not really caring but it never fails to compete with them - sound-wise and in looks. After playing a couple of gigs with different basses, a few friends said that this looks better than both the Ibanez SR506 and Fender Jaguar (classic sunburst)!
Reliability & Durability — 8
Reliable? Not really - the 'knobs' are very wobbly, having tighted the grab-screws multiple times but Durible? Definently - I'm in a band and I use the Treban as my pratice bass, meaning it's constantly being taken to and from band practice, being bashed around all over the place, and in a year or that I haven't had a single scratch, dent or blemish on the face of the bass at all! (A few belt marks on the back but no gloss finish on the back)
Action, Fit & Finish — 4
I had a few problems with the Treban when I first brought it: I took it home and after about 3 days the Pickup selecter broke, so I took it back and they replaced it (Treban as a company were very good - with outstanding customer service) and then that one malfunctioned - the Active Pre-amp went bang this time - Treban replaced it again (and gave me a free Korg tuner, for no apparent reason, but I wont say no!) so once I had my hands on this 3rd bass I had to spend about half an hour on setting up the bridge and to top it - the strings already fitted were cheapo terrible ones which were instantly replaced with Ernie Ball ones! However, a year later, I've had no problems with it since.
Features — 9
The most prominent feature - the bridge - sealed the deal for me, it exactly suit's the metal and Indie I play whilst not being generic like a Fender or Ibanez. The 'knobs' on the front were, at first, a few too many for me but having played it for a year I see the reasons behind them: You have a volume and pick up selecter (as standard) but then individual Bass, Middle and Treble knobs. This is great when jamming along to a CD as you can effortlessly change your entire tone in a few seconds.