great value for an affordable bass
I just started playing a 4 string Ibanez for about 3 months that a friend let me borrow. I wanted a 5 string for a little extra range on the low end. (I didn't feel that a higher 6 string would be necessary.) It definitely comes in handy when I have a lot of Eb's and D's in a song. And that low B is nice and deep. It can get a little muddy depending on the amp I'm using, but with the controls I can get just about any sound I want out of it and clean it up. I can play quite a few different styles with this bass from funk and jazz to punk and metal. As a guitarist picking up bass as a beginner, this bass is easy to get used to. The neck isn't too wide or too long, the frets are easy to get around to, and the bass stays in tune pretty well. I can play for about 45 mins to an hour before I have to tune again. It's also very lightweight. Around 7 or 8 lbs or so. Really easy on my shoulder. Great sound, very versatile, easy to handle, and at a good price. Plus the mahogany body looks great. It looks much darker and richer in person. The picture here doesn't do it justice.