I bought the demo model that was being advertised for a little less money than the new ones. I don't care that there are light scratches on the back... I'm sure I'd end up adding my own in due time, and now I can refer to it as a "reliced" bass. It seems that this bass is from a previous production run as the current images say these are "Hand Crafted in China", but the one I received was made in Indonesia. The body has a sort of painted on wood grain, as the grain is way too uniform to actually be wood grain. Its a nice asthetic touch though. This one weighs around 9 pounds, which is reasonably light and about the same as a Squier P-Bass I own. I bought this because of the 30.5" scale, which is 3.5" shorter than the P-Bass and easier for me to play. Much thinner neck too. It needed a set-up, so I did some adjustments to the bridge to lower the action. The strings were buzzing on the fretboard, so I checked the tension on the truss-rod and it had no tension on it at all. About three full turns and it eliminated the neck buzz. Plugged it in and determined the potentiometers for the volume and tone were not uniform in their sweep. For the first 4/5ths of both there is very little volume/tone increase, but that last 1/5th is where they jump. This is not uncommon in this price range, and it won't warrant a change for better ones. I'll just deal with it, since I rarely change the volume setting and only use the tone knob to reduce the high end a little. Sort of a set it and forget it type of approach. These basses are a good choice for those of us with smaller hands. I find it remarkable that the price of these basses are so reasonable compared to the quality. These are professional grade instruments. Only Epiphone makes the SG style basses these days... there are no new Gibson SG basses currently available, but with this kind of quality its understandable.