I know that there's been another thread about this, but I have to say it again: THIS BASS RULES! I tried one out today and was immediately impressed by the tightness and responsiveness of the B string (those MTD strings are great). I didn't think a basswood-bodied bass would have enough low midrange to get a decent B, but it does the trick. The neck is beefy but not too thick, and eminently playable. String spacing is good and wide, and aligned properly over the pickup. I'd say that this falls into the category of my ideal 5-string neck. The K5 snarls. I'd love to take it out for a jam with the metal band I'm getting together. It'd be nice if it had a preamp, but at that price a stock preamp would be a Korean-made piece of crap, so it's probably for the best that it comes passive. I'd also put a push-pull volume pot in for series/parallel, just for a variation. *sigh* I wish it'd been available a year ago--I'd have bought it in a second over my Dean. I can see why Bass Player ed over it. In conclusion, if you're looking for a good 5-string for under $1000, take a long, hard look at the K5.