Just got my hands on a Blast Cult 145. I'm reviewing it for BP, and will be shooting a video demo of it in a few weeks for BWTV... but I also purchased it for my own use. I played a honky tonk country gig with it this Sunday and have nothing but high praise for it! The setup is fairly typical for slap, a much flatter fingerboard and bridge radius makes slapping easier for sure, though I wouldn't attempt any serious bowing with it. The BC guys tell me they can make the basses with a traditional radius if you want, but I wanted to experience the full slap setup since that's what I want to use this bass for. The bass is not very loud acoustically, but it's much louder than the old KDB in that dept. The finish is much lighter, not the heavy sparkle/gloss finishes of the KDB, I think that helps the wood resonate better. But then, the number of gigs I've played un-amplified can be counted on one hand, and that is over 40 years. The bass is VERY sturdy! Extra bracing inside, and Gorilla glue to hold it together means you can in fact stand on it. I tried it a few times! In 40 years, it's never seemed like a good idea to stand on my basses... but since I knew this one could take it, I tried and well.... it's not that hard, it's kind of fun, but considering how drunk I usually am when playing country music... I think I'll forgo that on the gig! The most impressive thing is the sound and how well the pickup/preamp system works with the bass. The pickups are similar to the old KDB Dollhead, but the elements are encased in wood now, and they probably changed the construction of them a bit. The tension screw for the bridge pickup was a great idea for the Dollhead, and it works great with the new pickup too. The clicky is also in wood and stuck to the back of the board with double-sided tape. I understand you can affect the tone with placement, and different sticky material, but for now I'll leave it where they put it. The preamp is two channel and really tailors the sound in a useful way. Instead of replicating the function of the amp tone controls, the Channel Blaster pre is designed to cut the stuff you don't want. I notice a lot of slappers using graphic eq and cutting a lot - this pre does that in a more effective way. It sounds very acoustically true, but you can easily dial in that "ice pick" click that Psycho guys love. The string spacing is 1" at the bridge, and it makes the slap easier, though I'm still adjusting to it for jazz solos. The overall tone is very direct and punchy. Every note is really there, very clear. The sound is definitely upright/acoustic, but the note consistency is way improved over my other plywood bass. I was able to dial in a nice warm honky tonk tone, but have the clicky in wait so when I chose to slap, it picked up the slaps. Otherwise, the clicky really doesn't influence the tone much. I will be demoing this, so I won't go into any more detail now, but let's just say that I think this is a killer axe for slap and roots music, but I also could see this bass working great in any amplified context. I also really like their strings! The gut G&D sound pure and traditional, and their steel E&A are very well balanced with the gut. The tension is right, and the tone is blends great - it's not like having two basses in one axe. I want to try a full set of them on my Juzek. Two big thumbs up for the 145!