Price paid: A$ 550
Purchased from: Joondalup Music
Sound — 9
Great lows and really nice highs, about the only thing it lacks sound wise is a powerful mid range, but if you have a decent amp, it doesn't matter. My amp is a Hartke HA5000 running through a Hartke VX410 and a Hartke XL4.5, and when I pair it up with the XB125, man, does it ever rumble. I play metal and heavy rock and you can tell right away this bass was made for a hard hitting metalhead to thrash on. You can get anything from a Vintage rumble to a hifi tone, it doesn't matter how you have it set, you really can't get a horrible tone out of this bass.
Overall Impression — 10
For someone Who just likes to rock out at any given moment, this bass is a gem, it always stays in tune and never needs any adjustments, it sounds great. I personally love the active pickups, and for anybody Who thinks it chews through batteries, just unplug when your not using it, the batteries will last you for months. And for that famous question 'would you replace it if it were lost or stolen?' Definitely.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Will this guitar withstand Live playing? This thing has been through gigging hell and it still plays, looks and feels like it did the day I got it. I almost always gig without a backup but you know, better to be safe than sorry sometimes. There is no wear on the paint, nothing's fallen off or needed to be fixed or adjusted. It was made for playing.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I haven't changed a thing on it since I got it, except for the strings which everybody will have to do eventually.
Features — 10
For something that was crafted in Indonesia and cost less than $AU600, this is a pretty mighty bass. The body is made of alder with a comfort groove for your arm. 20 frets, Grover tuners and a bridge that I really like because it makes it easy remove the strings to clean them. 5 strings with a rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. I love the active soapbar pickups, if you play around with the two volume knobs and the tone knob, you can create an almost infinite range of tones. Also the black hardware's cool and it's fairly light too.