I was gigging with a Ken Smith BSR 5 MW in a funk/soul/R&B for about a year before I decided that I really ought to get a jazz-type bass. I love the BSR 5, but IMHO those fat-toned Smith humbuckers just don't get close enough to a jazz tone. The type of music I'm playing really needs an old school jazz bass tone, and since I'm making money and the band is very serious, I can justify purchasing a new bass for this band. I really like a Marcus Miller type of tone, so I only looked at 70's style jazz basses. I also wanted a 5 string, with a Fender style body. Based on this criteria I was considering: Fender Marcus Miller 5, Lakland Skyline DJ5, and KSD V70J5. I was not able to play any of these basses before purchasing. After researching I decided to purchase the KSD V70J5. I have played about a dozen gigs with this bass and feel that at this point I have enough experience with it to give an honest review. Enjoy! Features: Ash body, 35" scale, maple neck and fingerboard, white binding and block inlays, 21 frets, 19 mm spacing, 2 band preamp with active and passive modes. The features I like are the active/passive switch on the preamp and the bound neck with block inlays. I find the active/passive switch very useful and the neck looks great. Sound: I am very happy with the tone I can get from this bass. It is what I would call a 70's Fender/Marcus like tone. It is not exactly the same, but very close. The bass is not very versatile when it comes to tone. It does one thing and only one thing. I have been using DR Hi Beams instead of the stock strings. To describe the tone I would say that it has very clear and well defined high end that zings. Rolling back the treble knob seems to have little effect, it just makes the high end a little smoother. I enjoy the high end from this bass, it really give this bass its character. The mid-range of the tone sounds a bit scooped out, but barks very nicely when you dig in and play hard. The mids seem to be very dynamically sensitive, their character develops as you play harder. The low end of the tone is focused and defined. I would not say that it is huge. The preamp is just OK. The bass control goes from a little thin to muddy. I typically leave it centered. The treble control is very subtle. You just can't get the zing out of this bass. The pickup blend know works fine. The volume control is not very good. About 75% of the volume adjustment happens during the last 25% of the knobs range. It works, but it can be difficult to adjust mid-song while on stage. The active/passive switch on the volume knob is great. I play mostly in passive mode, but when the funk really starts to kick in or I take a solo, I will switch to active mode for a more aggressive sound. This works very nicely. It's like using a preamp foot peddle for a little boost. Action, Fit, Finish: I ordered the bass from BassNW. It arrived with very low action. I had to raise the action slightly, adjust the neck, change strings, and intonate before everything was just how I like it. I'm very happy with the action now. The clear finish had no flaws that I could detect and the ash grain is beautiful. The maple neck has a satin finish that feels great under tired and sweaty hands 3 hours into a gig. The fret work is good, no sharp edges, no buzzing frets. The neck joint is OK, slightly tighter on one side than the other, but no big gaps. The pickups seem to be slightly out of position. The pole pieces are not lined up directly under the strings. They are off by about .030"- .050". I'm not sure what effect this has on the basses tone. Playability: This is a bigger than average bass. First of all you've got the 35" scale. Then 19 mm string spacing. The body, neck, and headstock all appear to be in correct proportion to the larger neck and string spacing. Given the large size it is surprisingly easy to play. My hands never get fatigued, but my back can feel the difference between this and my Smith BSR 5 after a 3 hour gig. I like the size of this bass, it just feels powerful. Side note - One important thing about this bass is that it won't fit into most standard cases. It is very long and the stacked bass/treble knob stands up quite a bit. I have a Pro-Tec case that works well. Overall: I really dig this bass. It's got mojo, nice tone, it was relatively cheap (about $800 w/ case and shipping). I've been playing this bass hard for a few weeks now and I have not had anything fail or break. It makes a great workhorse bass. I welcome any questions, comments, and silly remarks about how I should have bought a used Fender instead of a Korean POS.