What is your overall opinion of this product?
I'm pretty new to upright bass in general. I'm learning how to play in the rockabilly/psychobilly style of slap bass (transitioning from electric bass) However, I am in the Navy and spend a lot of time in tight quarters on a ship, so I wanted something that I could take out with me and practice on. I think that this is probably better suited for a somewhat experienced bass player as opposed to a learner, but I'm making due. One problem is that with no body to lean against, you are holding the entire thing up with your left hand while trying to use your left hand to play the thing. It tires you out pretty quick that way. The build quality is nice and it is definitely an attention getter. The neck/fingerboard is allegedly some kind of wood, but it looks and feels like it is one big piece of plastic or composite material. One major design flaw is the tuners. I imagine that they were meant to give the authentic look of an upright bass scroll - which they do. However, it makes it a complete pain to try and string because the opposing pegheads are just so close together and in each others way. This was doubly frustrating when I installed some synthetic weedwacker slap strings on it. So yes, if you were wondering, you can get weedwackers on it, but you're going to have to doctor up the ends to fit in there and it takes quite a bit of trial and error to make it work. You'll also have to have the bridge filed down to handle them, because otherwise the E will slip out of place even under normal playing, let alone slapping. Another drawback is that with synthetic strings on this bass, the output is reduced dramatically. I probably lost nearly half of my volume after putting the weedwackers on. Also, don't expect the "slap" to carry through the pickup. If that's what you're after, you'll need to install something extra under the fingerboard. I wish there were EQ nobs on the electronics instead of what it has. As it stands, you'll have to do a lot of work to get quality, usable sounds out of it. On-board EQ could have reduced this hassle. Overall, it is a nice tool/toy, but I couldn't imagine it being someone's "main" bass or anything. It serves my purposes well, and often I just use it as a slapstick to work on right hand stuff without even plugging it in or putting headphones on. It's a quality instrument that, with a bit of work, could be worth more than it costs.