To be 100% honest, I bought this bass as I was looking around for a P bass body with a J bass pickup rout to fit to a fretless bass neck that I bought a while ago. The prices for the bodies alone were quite restrictive. After some thought and research, I looked up what Harley Benton P basses were available with the thought of removing it's neck and fitting the fretless neck in it's place. Luckily, the PJ variant of this bass recently became available on Thomann. This is one of many Harley Benton products I've bought. This is probably the best set up "out of the box" that I've bought. The truss rod and intonation were spot on. The only adjustments I've made so far is to lower the bridge saddles a turn or so. I'm very pleased with the sounds on offer. Pickups seem to be pretty good so far. I like the sound of a P bass, but the added tones with the J bass pickup offer a wide array of tones. The looks of this bass are the most surprising of all. The almost all black satin finish is well applied and looks nicer than in the websites photographs. The tortoiseshell pickguard is a nice touch, although I think I'll be fitting a black pickguard at a later date. All in all a great purchase at a great price. I'm not snobbish about the gear I use, these Harley Benton guitars and basses are fantastic value for money, and are great if you are starting out or if like me, you have a certain project or idea in mind. Well done Thomann. This is another winner in my book.