I would have never thought I would actually be an Ibanez owner, especially since my last purchase was a Status Empathy. But you know, if I plan on teaching the art of bass, most beginners may be too confused with my playing a 5, so I got this. (Yes, it was Brendan's and xcental's.) It's an Ibanez ATK 300 with a koa top and alder back. The picture is borrowed, but it's the same bass. Going from graphite neck to maple is QUITE a jump, I sure didn't miss dead spots, I can tell you that. But I also realized that for really authentic BEEF, wood is good. And just to throw in some analogy, going from my Status to the ATK is like driving a Jaguar, then stepping into a Toyota. Not all the bells and whistles and quite a bit less balls, but still a satisfying ride. After an intonation and some fret edging, not to mention a bit of electronics cleaner, this kitten PURS. I have had stingrays and they sound nice, but this is a little more down to earth. It doesn't have the rolling, crispy, high end snarl that the 'Rays have and I like that. It gets a nice soulful punch that isn't too natural for the graphite, so I must say, I am pleased. If you are a 4 stringer and are looking for a good bass with a killer price, the ATK is a great way to go. Take it from a gear snob. With minimal effort and money, it can be a sweet piece.