Got home spent some time with it.
Nicely contoured body, "belly cut" extends the whole top edge.
well balanced on a strap / lap
Cool body shape semi single cut
Profile is OK (thick-wide) Satin finish
Scarf joint for the 13 degree tilt back headstock looks solid
Fretboard looks nice, dark rosewood
Odd fret markers kind of a prismatic material- (think prism tape -- meh) oval "pill" shapes
Frets polished and well dressed
Binding on neck is well done as is the headstock veneer (matches body)
masking on borders of all paint could have been done better but from 3ft away, who cares?
High Gloss THICK hard poly
Fully carved top
KILLER Burl (not sure: it looks real but suspect may be photo, who cares though it looks KILLER)
THICK body NICE shape and contours.
When i removed neck, I examined the body wood.
Through the translucent finish the body wood shows ash-like grain pattern,
It is soft, yellowish white wood, (my guess is Paulownia grain is similar see NBD! GFS Paulownia content
Same stuff that comes with most "Budget" basses serviceable but chintzy (think Schecter Raiden)
Nice Hipshot - ish bridge string through body OR bridge
"clone" Kraken branded Active, EMG 40dc sized soap bars (meh :/)
Unknown preamp (looks suspiciously like an Artec)
5 Knob config [Vol, blend, 3 band boost cut EQ]
Volume Knob is push/pull - (active/passive)
NO tone control when in passive mode.
Serviceable, but will most likely upgrade
sounds good overall but a little "muted and boxy" (consider my main bass is a Warwick F.N.A.)
But! with a little tweaking sounds pretty good!
Cavity well shielded
wiring looks nice and tidy.
Odd mistake on the wiring of mine is the blend pot is reversed (turning to left/forward selects bridge, right neck?)
OBVIOUSLY in need of a setup but very playable out of the box.
Truss rod functions as expected.
BETTER than average fret job (finishing very nice)
Nut needs to be cut WAY down (typical)
Neck will need to be shimmed to get action lower as the bridge pieces are already bottomed out (perhaps a different bridge?)
Cut the nut a little, shimmed the neck, adjusted relief: plays pretty good now. I feel action can go lower.
Reminder- will post weight. (guess 8 pounds or less the Shipping weight was 13 with box(s) and packing)
Kicks a** on any Squier I've played (and I like Squiers)
Feels very much like a Schecter in both neck profile and appointments.
For the $$-- absolutely worth every penny!!
Rehearsal tomorrow night.