I got this beautiful black bass a few years back...was pleasantly surprised by the quality and workmanship in such an affordable instrument! Very nice appearance! Always dug me some Jack Bruce...and I've always been an SG guy on guitar! I did have to do an action/intonation adjust, and swap out the strings...other than that, it now plays fine...better with age. Less stiff. The sound?...no complaints. Epiphone seems to have nailed premium quality sound on budget instruments. I really like the mid position...both pickups...with the neck pup volume rolled back a bit, and the bridge pup wide open. Solid rock tone though both my old SWR Super Redhead, and my newer Ampeg. Overall?...DEFINITELY worth purchasing and playing! Bang-for-the-buck!