I admit I'm a bottom feeder. I love cheap guitars and I try to keep one or two projects going at all times. In that light, I bought one of the cheapest instruments I've ever come across, mainly just to see where our Asian bretheren are cutting the corners, and to give me something to work on. This particular bass was listed as "buy it now" for $54 on ebay, and it shipped from a domestic warehouse, and delivered in seven days. There are numerous sites on ebay selling these in various colors - I think they are all posted by the same importer. There's a cheap strat and jazz bass copy as well. I bought this thinking that I would pull the frets out and make myself another fretless bass. Honestly, I expected the worst. The bass arrived at my office via FedEx on time and unhurt, though single boxed with most of the styrofoam inserts broken up. The only flaw of note: One of the pickups arrived unglued from its cover and laying down in its cavity. I simply loosened the strings, removed the bridge, unscrewed the pickup, glued it into the cover, and put it all back together. I raised the pickups, and lowered the action (about a 1/4" from the top of the fret to the bottom of the strings at the 17th fret). A few fret ends needed a little filing. I left the the intonation and the truss rod alone. Even with the stock strings, the bass plays and sounds real good. Nice and light basswood body, decent poly finish, good neck, a lot better fretwork than I expected, seemingly OK nut, and surprisingly decent hardware. The fretboard is some cousin of rosewood, and its a little grainy down near the heel, but perfectly smooth up near the nut. The fretboard needs oiling. Here's picture of the pickup pre-repair, and the Fenderish bridge. The treble side horn seems a little long. The grain on the back of the body is, well, interesting. The picture makes the neck plate look wanky-jawed, but its not. I really like the light weight of this bass, and it has real good sustain: The headstock is Fenderish. The neck is smooth with a thin finish, maybe a light oil finish, I dunno. The tuning keys are vintage style, and work just fine: Good stock roundwound strings, I'd say medium gauge, and properly installed. The plastic nut is perfectly functional. Slab fretboard (hell of a slab, in fact) : I played this bass for about two hours today, and I've actually bonded with it as-is. That surprises the hell out of me! Still, I might beef up the bridge, and eventually get a better set of strings. No rush on either thing, though. I've owned numerous basses, and still own quite a few, but with my tweaks I think this might be my go-to bass. If you want a bass and don't have one, and enjoy tweaking things a little, I'd recommend grabbing one of these - its a hell of a deal!