Want to share my findings on this unusual beast in case anyone was intrigued by it.
Hollow body, 30.3" scale, 5 string, I stumbled across it while looking for a decent affordable hollow body. It was everything I was looking for in one instrument.
The official video on YouTube looked and sounded promising.
I found a thread on TB where someone got it and sent it right back. There was an issue of evenness across the strings just like they described. I was let down. I have learned, though to give basses I am not thrilled with a chance and get to know them on their own terms. I'm glad I did.
It took me a while to twiddle around with EQ to find the basic sound I was looking for, thick and fat but with good definition. I did after a lot of experimentation. I found it is really sensitive to pick up height adjustment. Lower seems to be better.
Yes, the B string...it is a short scale so it is not going to be what a long or extra long scale is, but it is pretty decent, and surprisingly good when I discovered : Best results come on the middle pickup setting, and raising the bridge pickup quite high on the B side really brings out the punch and clarity, and, technique and plucking position is key. It's really pretty natural when it becomes second nature.
I don't want to give the impression it is all work. It is a breeze to play, excellent tone, and when you get to know it, you learn how to bring out it's best. It challenges your skills as a player. It rewards your efforts. If you have thought about a short scale fiver and like hollow bodies, give it a shot.Very affordable well thought out and constructed offering from Ibanez.