Hi gang, Just a good review of a simple 6-string purchase: Being a seasoned bass player (15 years), I was pretty skeptical about getting this Ibanez Soundgear SR406 6-string bass. I was pleasantly surprised. I come from an older school of electric bass playing, where the bass necks are round, and strings are long, and the bass work is American-made. So, reading about how "speedy" the Ibanez neck is, I mean how flat the fretboard is, how short the neck feels...most would have not looked twice at this bass. Also, the fact that I've played so many years (4-strings only). Usually guys like me progress to fancy wooded basses....you know... going from Ford to Cadillac. ================================== Well, I usually hate every bass I see in a store. They all are set up wrong, poorly intonated. Yes, skeptical. I picked up this Soundgear by accident....just looking for 6string basses in a store, not looking at name brand...this Ibanez played great! A month later, in another store, I played a used version of the same bass, again, nice feel. I couldn't believe how easy it was for me to get used to the extra 6-strings. I've had it for a month now and love it! ================================== The bass has simple passive pickups, with a 3-band active EQ. The pickups look like soapbar, but when you examine further, they are actually split-P style underneath the coverings, so no hum. Light Maple body, rosewood fretboard, neck is supported with a strip of wenge. Tuning keys feel good. Only thing were the Elixir strings....they were so damn heavy gauged! I replaced them with some lighter strings. Sound: Very good. My sound is distorted and thick, similar to Rush Moving Pictures (staccato, no slapping)....so actually any bass I plug in to my rack will sound the same. The Ibanez pickups were abit muddy, but I was able to clear it up with the EQ, which also I was surprised at...simple, not too noisy. As long as I play with the bridge pickup, the sound is articulate. All in all, great bass to move to the 6-string world. And it didn't cost me a fortune, about $600, free shipping with AMS, and a 3-month payment plan. I would recommend changing strings if you're not used to the heaviest gauges in the world. I will also probably change the pickups to Bartolini's, or at least the bridge pickup, that's it. Just goes to show you, price isn't everything. Lots of companies get away with ripping you. They tell you "you get what you pay for" or some kinda lingo like that. Bottom line is to try things out for yourself, and be happy with your newfound independence! Take care!