I bought this thinking Id be doing some jazz playing, but circumstances have changed and I dont see much use for this in my future. I have it strung E - C with TI Jazz Flats. I didnt do anything to the nut so going back to B-G would be no problem. I also installed a set of Dunlop StrapLocs, a new battery and theres is a gig bag included as well. I bought it used from BassNW and it hasnt left my house. Its in nice shape and is very black so of course its extra loud. There are some light surface scratches on the body and fingerboard - possibly from some round strings at some point. It had flats on when I bought it. Id give it an 8.5 of 10 on appearance. Plays nice and growls well. The controls are volume blend, treble and bass. $300 shipped UPS Ground in the lower 48. http://web.mac.com/steve.carriere Email me at: [email protected] Thanks for looking.