I tried out the Curt Curbow 6 today, and it definatly wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I'm not seriously considering buying it, I just screwed around with it for a little while today after my bass lesson. I was suprised by its playability. Despite reports that it had "extreme neck dive", the body contour made it easy enough for me to play without a strap. Also, the fingerboard (which appeared to be Ebony) was well constructed. The single bartolini soapbard sounded fine. It sounded a bit heavy on the bass, but that could have been the amp. The string spacing was 6 standard I believe, usually I can't play six standard string spacing, but with this one I was pleasantly surprised. Overall, I was quite pleased. The bass is a really good value, it doesn't get any better than that for $400 for 6 string.