AMAZING bass for a bargain price
Wow. Let me just start with that. Wow.
This bass is unbelievably good. Typically, Epiphone's instruments look and feel like cheap, knock off versions of Gibson's instruments, and are priced at a third of the Gibson price to reflect this. Not here. Very seriously, there is almost no discernible difference in quality between this and the Gibson Thunderbird.
Let's get into the nitty gritty of what you're getting with this bass here. It's full scale, has a real rosewood fretboard with a 12" fretboard radius, 1.5" Nut width, it has the same thin c-shape neck profile as a Gibson, actual Gibson Ceramic TB+ pickups, a faithful body and headstock shape/size, neck through construction, and real mahogany. More than that, the lower cutout has been reshaped slightly to allow much better upper fret access.
Compared to my other Epiphone and to my Gibson Thunderbirds, this one actually comes out on top. Playability-wise, the neck is great and feels just like my Gibson Thunderbird. No sharp frets, no baseball bat neck, much unlike my other Epiphone Thunderbird. The pickups don't have that nasally mids boost that Epiphone's TB+ pickups do, but they do sound just a tad hotter than the pair in my Gibson. The volume and tone knobs have more useable range than either of my other basses. The real winner, however, is the newly reshaped lower horn. Upper fret access is a breeze. Also, relocating the strap peg to the back of the bass really gets rid of the neck dive.
The bottom line is that for a quarter of the price, you get pretty much the same bass as a Gibson. Of course there are minor quality control flaws (upon real close inspection under a magnifying glass, the paint line separating the neck from the fretboard on mine is wavy, and so is the one separating the white paint from the black headstock veneer,) but considering that they're almost unnoticeable and don't affect playability, I can't see the point in skipping out on this bass.
Flat out, this is the best bass you can buy for your money. Nothing else in it's price range comes even close.