OK, got it a few days ago and I can't believe I only paid $365 for this bass! Bargain of the year!
First, right out of the box the setup was perfect. Did not have to tweak a thing. After inspecting the bass, there is not a single flaw I can find with the construction and finish. I doubt you can slip a piece of paper in the neck pocket it is so tight!
The body is three piece ash with a spalted maple top. The grain on the ash is nice and you can't really see the three piece looking at it straight on. Almost looks like one piece. The top is book matched spalted maple with a black accent layer separating it from the body. The top does not have allot of "spalt" to it. BUT....it has a really interesting grain that I like allot. So no complaints here! Also the top is carved, a very nice touch. The weight of the bass I would guess is no more than 9 lbs.
The neck is 5-piece maple/rosewood with a fretless rosewood fretboard. The edges of the fretboard are slightly rolled off making it very comfy in the hand. The neck is quite thin. Not as thin as a Geddy Lee jazz, a tad thicker. The fretless rosewood fretboard has white lines. The fretboard might have a bit of finish on it, it has a nice shine to it. To top it off, the 2x2 head stock has a nice piece of spalted maple on it, also with the black accent layer. The bass comes strung with SIT round wound strings.
The neck is held on by 6 (yes 6) bolts and has a very interesting shaped contoured heel (see photos).
The pickups are standard ESP type (probably EMG clones) as well as the preamp. Controls are Vol, Blend, Bass+/-, Mid +/- and treble +/-. I was able to get very good workable tones from the bass. Certainly good enough for what I use it for.
ESP has done a very nice job on this bass considering sub $400 price point. They are made in Indonesia and inspected in the USA. I would highly recommend this bass for anyone looking for a low cost fretless.
(FYI, it does not come with strap locks. I put those on. My first mod!!)