I’ve been playing the bass for 45 years and own a fair number of pricey basses and a few “value basses” shall we say. This bass guitar wildly exceeded my expectations in every category.
The finish is just spectacular, the pictures on Thomann’s site do not do it justice. I just love the depth of the butterscotch blond but yet allows some of the grain to peek thru. Mine is clearly a two piece body again with a flawless butterscotch blond finish over it. Not one blemish and believe me I really looked. The finish on the neck is stunning and velvety smooth that makes it a dream to hold and to play. The fretwork is superb with not a single sharp edge or tooling mark visible. The rolled edges of the fret board are very well done, just smoothness all the way up the neck.
The setup was perfect right out of the box. No buzzing or any unpleasantness and it plays like butter. The electronics seem to be very high quality especially considering the price point. I read one reviewer who stated that this bass “has no low end”. I might suggest that they have their hearing checked, because thru my combo bass amp (nothing too special either) it’s got plenty of bottom, or maybe they got a dud, but I doubt it. I wonder if the pickup is overwound because it seems especially hot in the volume area, plenty of output. And In terms of quietness its 99% completely silent. No buzzing, scratching or humming. I did change the strings to some Thomann flat wound strings just out of personal preference but the included strings were fine. The Thomann flat wound strings sound and play no different from other flats I’ve bought costing three times as much, you ought to give them a try. Item # 514274.
Overall if I didn’t know how much It cost I’d of guessed it was well over $1000 for this bass. On a side note, I really have to say thanks to the “F and G” brands for not allowing their products to be shipped to the US. Doing so forced me to explore other brands and thankfully I discovered Sire. This bass was a birthday gift to myself and I was prepared to drop a whole lot more on an F or G bass but it wasn’t necessary. This is my first Sire but certainly won’t be my last! I could’ve bought a D5 in each of the offered finishes for less than one of the F or G brand’s. My only regret with this purchase is that I didn’t do it sooner. And as always the customer service from Thomann is the best in the industry, can’t be beat. Way to go Thomann!!!