I just picked up this Ibanez SR400QM 4 string bass for free from a friend (although I'm going to trade him some artwork just to be fair to him even though he just told me to keep it). I've been playing for over 35 years and have played every kind of bass made with the exception of high end boutique custom jobs. My original thread is posted here (which was mainly about getting more info on this model)... http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/ibanez-sr400qm-1051735/ Here's a pic online...mine looks exactly like this but I'll get my own pics soon... Upon further review... There isn't anything to not like about this bass. Bridge is solid and easily adjustable with quick change slots. Tuners are solid and hold very well. Body is really beautiful. I never thought I'd like blue/purple, but because it is translucent I can see the quilted maple on front and the mahogany on the back. The color is subtle. In certain light it looks more purple or more blue, depending. Beautiful urethane finish that is super mirror smooth. Matching headstock. I also never really dug Soundgear/Spector/Schechter body styles, but it's kind of growing on me. Could be the gorgeous wood or maybe the ergonomics. Neck is two full octaves, very slim and fast playing. Along with the lower horn of the body all frets are easily accessed. 5 ply Maple/Rosewood with a nice rosewood fingerboard. Very nice tight neck pocket. With just a tad bit of fret tapering above the 12th fret I should be able to get the strings super low. Action is already very low with absolutely no buzz anywhere. Every note on all strings all up and down neck are very clear and full. I'll need to file the edges of the frets on the neck just a bit. They stick out very slightly but I notice it. Pickups and preamp. Two proprietary humbucking soapbars. IMO, very high output and balanced. I can't boost the volume full on without clipping my amp input without adjustment. I've read reviews where people have said one would probably want to replace the pups and the preamp, but after playing it through my rig I just can't understand why unless the tone just ain't your cup of tea. It has a fabulously punchy, bright tone when set flat. Tone control is greatly varied even by the slightest adjustments. I can cop a lot of different tones from this. Preamp and tone controls. It has a pup blend control, Master volume, Stacked Treble/Bass control and a seperate mid control which is some kind of quick change Scoop/Slap (one way) to mid boosted fingerstyle (other way). Some don't like this shifting tone control, but there are many points in between and honestly putting it all the way one way or the other really can give a you a quick change in tone when needed, yet there is subtleties to be found in between. Preamp takes a 9 volt battery. Can't attest to the longevity, but I'm sure it's like any other...unplug when not in use. Thus far I've found the electronics to be be dead quiet, with only the slightest amount of hiss when the treble is way up. Then again I play through a fEARful 15/6 which brings this out in almost any bass I've played through it. Very well balanced ergonomically. Very light weight. Super fast, skinny neck (might feel so fast to me coming from about 10 years of 5 stringers). Plays smooth and easy. The tone goes from smooth and mid forward (kind of burpy Jazz) to full on scooped slap, to very agressive and punchy ala Squire. Looks, plays and sounds beautiful. All around a fabulous bass. Online prices are at $449 new and IMO worth every penny. Could be had used cheaper. Getting one for free? Priceless.