This is a very cool piece. I love the wide, long neck, which appears to be 2/3 mahogany and 1/3 maple, with a bound rosewood fretboard. (Nut width is 1 5/8 - thickness is very reasonable - feels like a good P neck!) It plays cleaner than most bolt-on Fender-type necks Ive had. The bass is made in China. Ive had a longtime bias against this but I have to say the construction is generally very impressive. (As evidenced by the excellent playability.) Be warned, it is physically a very big guitar. This is not your typical easy & fun short-scale hollowbody. But if youre like me - big & prone to machismo - you might really dig the size. (I cant say enough about how much I love the full 34 scale. It seems to give that extra authority that I really wish my 32 Gretsch had.) The body looks more massive than it sounds unplugged (which seems typical for shallow 1 5/8 semi-hollow construction). Fortunately the Dark Star pickup makes this thing roar like a lion when you plug it in. The output is scary hot - hotter in fact than any other bass Ive owned, passive or active. The sound is full - absolutely not thin! I did tend to boost lows at the amp a bit to compensate for the more bridge-bound placement of the pickup. This worked well with various amps - the result was always extremely punchy and never muddy. The pick click is awesome - slap could maybe use a tad of electronic aid (IMHO). If youre reading this, you likely know what the Dark Star pickup is all about. ( and that a used one recently went for $350 on eBay.) There are no significant issues that Im aware of. There is of course the inevitable minor wear from gig use. (I took many close-up photos and used flash to highlight the micro-scratches as best I could. Click HERE for the full gallery - WAY too much detail at full rez! ) The big problem for me is the placement of the pickup. It interferes with my palm-muted pick technique and I am partial to the vibe of a neck pickup. I would love to move the pickup a few inches towards the neck, but theres no graceful way to do that. Since I have so many other gig axes and projects going (including another Dark Star, which would be a crime to hoard ) Id rather pass this on to someone who can fully appreciate it. Hardshell case is included. (TKL - made in Canada - nice case.) It has some minor cosmetic scuffing and a bit of an eyesore on the inside where the jack rubbed through the lining. Hinges, handle and latches are all good. Im asking $450, shipped CONUS. IMHO that is a screaming deal for all this. Trades, not likely for most bass gear. Maybe partial trade towards the fastest 21.5" iMac? Or project parts (particularly the right quality body that might accommodate a Dark Star). Thanks for looking!