Awesome Bass, and Sweetwater Rocks, Too!!
I made the choice to go with this Ibanez bass for several reasons, but what initially hooked me was how beautiful that finish is. It looked even better in person. Feel-wise, it is everything you expect from an Ibanez Soundgear bass: the sculpted, rounded body felt comfortable against the body; the neck felt nice with it's non-glossy, satin finish; the Sweetwater tech's "55 Point Evaluation" process truly resulted in a expertly set up instrument when it arrived (it plays wonderfully). Sound-wise, I was happy once again when I plugged it in. It definitely had that familiar Ibanez Soundgear tone, but with some definite improvements (passive humbuckers and the coil "power tab" switch). The active electronics/EQ were very dynamic and super responsive with plenty of headroom. I ended up with really nice Ibanez!! Dealing with Sweetwater was unbelievable experience, too. The customer service and care that I was given was way beyond anything I have EVER experienced from a music store (online or brick & mortar). I immediately got an unexpected call from sales engineer, Brad Thomsen, the second I completed my transaction online, and he very carefully went over everything with me, answered my questions, and emailed me later to check on my satisfaction with the bass. This is a whole new level of customer service in the musical instrument retail business. Sweetwater has seriously raised the bar!!