I tried the 4 string Corvette $$ at the store earlier this week. The only problem I found was the fret edges were so sharp it cut my thumb!!! I let the kid that work there know about it but I doubt it will sell if it doubles as a cheese grater.
But it had a nice beefy sound even with the serial/parallel switches engaged. Id love to try a 5 string of that model.
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