Pros - Durable, light weight, super sonic, super sustain, and an amazing body
Cons - Can be more bass than necessary at times
This is one of the nicest pieces of gear I have ever owned. Its a masterpiece of an instrument. Its extremely sturdy and tone wise its a beast. It cuts through any mix as a worthy adversary to a percussive instrument and is a melodic harp like instrument with clarity from the stock bartolini electronics loaded in all the way up the neck.
I have played mine for a year now, gigs are always a pleasure with this bass, it took me five years to afford one, but so worth it.
I would recommend this bass to any player who is curious about graphite necks, there is just nothing better than the engineers at modulus applying this to an instrument. When I pull mine from the case and I feel that cold glassy neck with the back of my thumb its like hold the pint glass to my favorite beer. Love this bass.
Pros - Balance, tuning stability, versatility, clarity, many others
Cons - None
I agree with Charles' review above. Modulus basses are fantastic. I prefer the neck profiles of MTDs (asymmetrical), but I like everything else about Modulus basses better. Great tone, very solid, good-looking, playable, and tough as hell. These are perfect for gigging and sound so crystal-clear in the studio, too. I highly recommend them.
Pros - Outstanding B string. Clear, articulate tone. Consistent tone all over the neck.
Cons - None, in my mind.
This is certainly the most usable bass that I have ever owned and I have owned many, many basses. It plays, feels and sound very good playing most any style.
Contrary to some thoughts that the graphite FB is "sterile" sounding, I find I can get a very warm, round tone out of it fairly easily. I also find the tone very clear and articulate. The Bartolini PUs and EQ work well on this bass.
The 35" scale is easy enough to get used to and the bass weighs around 8 pounds, so it is a joy to play standing for extended periods. The neck is apparently quite light, as it balances better than anything I have ever played.
This bass was built in 2000 and offers the relief adjustment option. I have never used it in the three years I have owned the bass. It is the most stable bass I have ever seen.
The action stays exactly the same from the day the strings settle in to the day you remove them. If you don't bump tuners taking it in and out of the case, you probably won't even have to tune it.
A comment in BassPlayer magazine once characterized the Q5 as sound like "one giant string." The is very true of the bass. The dynamics, articulation and overall tone of the bass is very consistent as you play anywhere on the bass.
I have produced two studio recordings with this bass as well as used it for a regularly-taped television production for more than two years. The bass records very well. It is quiet and produces a very strong fundamental and consistent harmonic overtones. You can EQ the tone into almost anything you want.
Live, it is a bonified stage shaker. There is no better B string on the market. Some are as good, but I have seen no better if you consider tone, feel and consistency with the other strings.
IF you are looking for a dependable, workhorse bass and have the scratch, you can't go wrong with a Q5.