I really went over my head on buying this bass. I was playing a nice Schecter 4 string my brother let me have. I saw this bass(mine is darker red) and had to have it. The neck is so smooth. Slim neck. The bart pick-ups are boss. This is a bass I will play until I die. The titanium rods in the neck keep it in tune. Gives it a neck thru sound. While all aspects of this bass are great, it is the neck that really sets it apart. Ibanez really took the time to craft a neck that is silky smooth. Love this bass. Japan makes a great product.