Great bass for messing around on the couch or on the porch. You could even gig with it. Plays and sounds great. I have the fretless version and it has a standup type sound, which I love. However, you're definitely going to need an amp if you want to play with anyone, even acoustic. But I find that to be the case for most acoustic basses. I should also say that the Sweetwater customer service was excellent as well.