As you have probably heard by now it looks like the Dearmond brand is on it's way out (maybe to be merged with Squier according to one rumor?) and most of the Dearmond bass and guitar models are being discontinued and blown out. I recently completed a failed experiment with a 5-string again and also tried stringing up one of my basses DGCF. I liked having the lower range but didn't like having my open notes change (I'm lazy and some of the songs I know with open strings are more difficult in a closed position). So I thought I'd eventually get a 35" scale 4-string and string it up BEAD. Then within days the Dearmond blowout started. I missed on the $199 Pilot Pro's at Sam Ash but got one of the $169 ones at MF. It's a cheap bass made in Korea. The body looks like 2-piece ash (it's a clear finish). The neck is 5-piece maple and walnut laminate, 35" scale. The nut is 1-5/8" wide with 21 or 22 frets (not 24) and a rosewood board. 2 Humbuckers and active electronics (vol, blend, bass, mid, treble controls). The hardware is "satinkrome" (much like the hardware on Cort Curbows if you've seen those). Truss rod adjust at the headstock under a cover. Feel: It feels good to me. I like 1-5/8" nut width necks and do not notice the 35" scale length at all - it's a non-factor. The back of the neck has a satin finish that feels silky smooth and is fast to play. Once I had tweaked the truss rod (which adjusted smoothly) to straighten out the neck the default setup was fairly low and played without significant buzzing (helped out by the 35" scale?). I like to minimize any string/fret noise and may raise the action some - but don't feel as "required" to as I have on my 34" scale basses. It balances well and is not particularly heavy or light that I notice. Sound: It sounds pretty good to me although I haven't given it the "with the band" checkout yet. Through my 1x12 combo at home and headphone amp it is OK. I like the sound much better than the basses I've had with EMG selects (other cheap humbuckers) like Steinberger Spirits, Dean Edges, etc. Right now I feel I could gig with it as-is although it needs to get the "with guitars" workout still. Misc: Came with 3 allen wrenches for adjustments. Almost too long for the on-special Go gigbag I got at the same time. It already has what looks like an ink smudge on the neck (can't tell if I did it or it happened before I got it, not that it matters). I think I like how the offset body looks but not the practical aspects (how it fits in a gig bag, how it stands up on the floor or a stand). Summary - for $169 I think it's a super deal. I'm tempted to grab another to keep as a EADG backup but will resist. I did that with the MTD Beasts and kind of regretted it (kept one, sold one). It's amazing how good a lot of inexpensive basses are. For a while I couldn't tell the difference between the cheaper models and the more expensive ones (due to my lack of experience/perception), now I notice the differences but I think the cheaper ones (at least the good cheaper ones) are getting a lot better. Comparing this, or an MTD Kingston, to a Squier P and a G&L/American Fender/MM Stingray - the good Korean basses are (at least in feel, fit & finish) getting closer to the American made basses and farther from the Squiers. The electronics may still lack a bit and the finest details aren't quite as good but they are remarkably good - only time will tell if they will age well, though.