I really dig it!
By: Tung from St. Louis, MO, firstname.lastname@example.org
What is your overall opinion of this product?
I really enjoy playing this bass. It's a good value. I love it!
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
I think it's a very good quality product. The money is in the bass. The gig bag is ok, but probably will not last long.
Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features?
This is not a product heavy on features, but to me, the best feature is the ability to put it on the included tripod stand, or get the optional endpin stand, or the optional strap attachment.. so there are a number of ways to play!
Also, I believe the bridge height is adjustable from the back, but I've not futzed with it; and there is a truss rod if you need to tweak the neck.
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
It just feels good! Hey, it's a portable upright bass! If you get the optional strap attachment, you can play this thing while walking around like Tony Levin. If you shave your head and grow your 'stache, you can look like him as well! :-P
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
Lots of "mwah", good double bass sound, there's a treble roll-off, volume, and pickup character switch (pizz/arco) which give you some decent options. Piezo pickup at the bridge.
How did the stain or paint job look?
The finish is fantastic. My only complaint is that there are some tiny rough spots on the back of the neck, but I would imagine you could smooth it out if you really wanted to.
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
Haven't tried others, but this one is good and high quality. I've read that the tuners are not the best, but you can replace those. Also, the included bag is nothing special; I would recommend a more substantial bag or case if you want to take it out often.
How was the action out of the box?
Action is very good as setup. There is a good amoutn of "mwah" here and there, but I didn't notice much of that on the B string. The strings are decent, but you can replace them with strings designed for the NS Design basses, or standard double bass strings, if you wish.