I have to admit I was surprised
with the build quality of this bass. That said, it is not a perfect instrument. There are better pickups and preamps out there. And a more modern bridge would be an obvious improvement for fans of those. But the main problem is that out of the box, it's rather noisy. A quick search of the web turns up the same complaint and the same solution over and over SHIELDING. The various control cavities are said to be shielded, but they are not connected to each other. This renders much of the shielding useless. The easy solution is to apply some copper shielding tape, from cavity to cavity (the pickguard will conceal this) and the backside of the PG itself. But while you're in there, I recommend reshielding the cavities with the copper tape. The reason is that this bass has an unusually long signal path - it travels to 3 of the body's 4 corners. This makes it exceptionally vulnerable to outside noise. After doing this to the bass, it's dead silent. As for sound? It digs in with an aggressive growl. As of there, I'm very pleased with the bass...but it can always be better - right? So, I filed some fall off onto the top 5 frets or so. WOW!!! To get the action any lower, I would have to shim the neck up. I'm only knocking a 1/2 star off, because the build quality makes the other issues worth dealing with.