Background: So I must admit I was super nervous about ordering this bass. Never owned a Gibson and have heard everything from horror stories to praise. Every bass I've owned the last 10 years has been in the 2k range so finding a bass I was interested in for 1k also made me a little scared, but I decided to take a leap of faith in a Gibson 2014 EB4 in gold. Purchasing: Purchased from sweetwater as they had a demo model in pristine condition for cheap with the full warranty. Seriously no one even compares in customer service to sweetwater. They called me no less than 5 times to let me know about the bass, what they were doing to set it up, and even called me to let me know there was a bit of fret sprout. They even did a complete re-setup when they found out I tune in F-C-G-A. Couldn't be happier. Neck: Well built and I say this from a Modulus, Rick, Am Fender perspective. No fret sprout, no random glue left behind. Frets were nicely dressed and the rosewood fretboard is pristine. I would compare the neck to a slightly smaller Rick. Was a little sticky but 2 minutes of polish and wiping down made it a breeze to play. The set neck really made reaching the upper register a breeze. Body: A lot of peeps complain about the finish on these basses. I freaking love it. The flat gold looks great and the light coat lest you see some of the grain. Couldn't find any errors in the coat. SUPER light. Pickups and knows all appear to be built great. Bridge is minty. No neck dive whatsoever and is substantially lighter than my 14 Am Deluxe Precision. Case: I don't usually post about cases, but this is the nicest looking case I've ever seen. Brown with gold Gibson, padded handle, plush interior, etc. Sound: First passive bass in a while so I had to re-EQ my pedals and amp but by the gods this thing rips. Not muddy at all and the whole band was very complimentary. Really hard to describe but the lows seem more middy - which I love. I really go more for a Caleb Schofield tone and it was really easy to dial in. Really loved the ability to switch each pickup between single and dual coil. Tone knob will always be at a ten for me as the lower you go the more vintage/bassy it gets. 20 years of playing and I haven't heard a bass like this. Not saying its for everyone - just floats my boat Overall: Really really really happy I didn't listen to everyone that says Gibson can't build basses. I don't see one flaw on this bass and I'm very picky. I will say that sweetwater probably had something do with this and their 55 point inspection. As we all know judging a bass by how you find it at GC really isn't fair. I'm on a high right now, but could honestly see myself purchasing another. This bass is not for you if you like tiny necks or dislike the paint job. I got a killer deal for an american case that sounds gnarly with a top notch case. Some complaints I've seen are about getting some chorus sounds through the pickups. I changed the strings right away (I only play Aurora blacks) and never experienced this. I'll post some pics tonight.