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Sound Quality

With stock Japan electronics it sounded like crab. But as planned, this bass came alive when I gutted the electronics. Replaced the vol/blend/tone pots with top-quality vol/vol/tone pots. Took out stock pups. Added a P pup from a '97 USA P-bass, and a 'Fender Vintage J-Bass Original Bridge Pickup'. I now a have some serious thump and tone! I'm pleased with the results of the upgrade. The bass wasn't worth playing before the upgrades, but now I have a SUPER LIGHT bass that sounds really good. It was done cheaply too since I bought all the pickups used. This bass has hum/buzz due to NO shielding in the control cavity, but I plan on fixing that soon with some conductive paint. And did I mention that this bass is LIGHT!

Reliability/Durability

Haven't owned it long enough to comment. The lightweight Gotoh tuners seem sturdy for the size and weight. Stays in tune well. Bridge isn't stock, but it's sturdy.

Price/Value


General Comments

Great bass for an aching back. Big, beafy sound (with upgrades) despite the weight. Not the classic styling you see in vintage-style Fenders (MB stands for "modern bass"), but it gets the job done. Some new classy new knobs and a p-bass bridge cover puts lipstick on this pig! I'm happy with it. Good gigging bass. It will be my workhorse and my chiropractor bills should be drasticly reduced.


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