Reviving an old thread....
I work on a ship and recently bought one of these cheap ($120) to have something to play while at work. I have to tell you after getting it cleaned up and adjusted (it needed it badly) it plays and sounds about as good as good as any of my other basses (most of which cost a lot more). These basses are some real diamonds in the rough. I actually like it much better than the VM Jazz I used to own (sound and feel). It plays/sounds just like a good jazz bass should. If any of you ever see one of these on the market scoop it up. You won't regret it. I may just have to take this one home and get another beater for work, I like it that much.
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