Filakovsky PJ 4 Review http://filakovsky.com/_wsn/page3.html Talk Bass Luthier John Filakovsky www.filakovsky.com several weeks ago left with me one of his PJ 4 models for review, I had the opportunity to play the bass in band practice and live. The Bass Specifications Alder full sized J style Body with quilted maple top dyed blue top Trans blue back 21 fret Macassar Ebony neck and finger board. Hipshot Machine heads (Gold) Bartolini P & J pickups Aguilar OB3 PreAmp Gotoh bridge ( Gold) I generally like to try out a bass acoustically before I run it through the amp to hear its natural sonic characteristic so that was the first thing I did with the Filakovsky. WOW was this bass BRIGHT and CLEAR that Macassar ebony neck and fingerboard really give this bass its tone. It was during this pre amplification inspection that I realized just how high quality this neck is, the frets were laid very well with no signs of them moving out of the fingerboard. The fret crowns were so smooth on both sides that you can hardly feel them on the side of the neck. Due to the nature of neck and fingerboard composition it does not require a finish to protect it from the elements, this makes for an ultra fast and smooth play on this neck. After a good look over I decided it was time to hear how this bass sounds amplified and just like the way it played acoustically the bass was very bright with lots of clear mid and high range frequency with lots of smooth low end to spare. Since the bass is so brightly clear I didnt adjust for treble, but to warm it up a bit I did favor the bass control. In running either the P or J pick up solo with tone up I could not hear any hum what so ever , good shielding John!. Running solo on the J pick up in the bridge I found with the right vibrato I could even achieve fretless type tones. I could not find any construction flaws in this bass in fact I would say it is rock solid and I would not hesitate to have John build a bass to my specs. Pros Finest quality components with solid construction. Great musical tones with tons of sustain. Fast playing smooth neck unfinished neck low action minus fret buzz. All around a very attractive SOLID Bass. Cons Weight. This particular bass did way over 10 lbs but after some further discussion John has become more aware of the weight of woods and harware he is using and some of the later basses are in the 8 LBS range. You cant go wrong for the money with one of these Filakovsky basses, their a lot of bass quality for the money. After playing/reviewing this bass I would not hesitate to have John build one to my specs.