Havent been playing long enough to give it 5 stars
I'm not a bass player. I'm one of those low talent individuals who call themselves: "song writer." I've composed most of my stuff via acoustic guitar and/or instrument loops. It's a somewhat limiting process. Anyway, I got tired of searching and/or splicing the bass tracks needed for making my noise, so I thought it would be a good idea if I took on playing the needed bass riffs and runs that wont leave my head alone.
The LTD D-5 wasn't my original choice, but every bass I thought I wanted was sold out or "new product arriving soon." This was a good thing because it derailed my impulse to pull the trigger on just any bass. Gave me time to actually go into detailed research before making a decision.
I knew I wanted a neck through design. I wanted a heavy duty bridge. Didn't care if the strings were through the body or not (but ain't it cool that with this axe I got a choice). I never bought into the electric axe pro-tonewood argument, so I don't care what species of trees gave their lives so I can disturb the atmosphere with my racket! I've dorked around with DAWs long enough to know I can get any tone I want in post production, so all the great tonal variety any given guitar or bass has to promise, is just icing. So what do I expect from the bass guitar of my dreams? Sturdy construction and friendly playability (good action no fret buzz).
Thanks to Sweetwater's detailed photographs of their in-stock items, I can get an idea on any given instrument's construction. The LTD-5 I chose looked solid and proved to be the case when I finally got it in my hands. The pickups and electronics are just great. Even if they weren't, the over all build justifies its worth for hotrodding. At present, None is needed. Oh yeah, in comparison to other bass guitars, this thing is priced ridiculously low.