I know there's been a lot of discussion about the Traben guitars. Some have loved them. Some think they are all flash and no sound. Well, I picked up the "Kore 5" on Ebay for $500, including a custom Traben hard case - not bad. The combo would've cost a tad over $800 new from elsewhere. I got the sunburst color. The kore is the most expensive in the Traben line. it looks exactly like this. http://www.trabenbass.com/basses/kore_solarburst.html What do I think? WOW. It's a freakin' HEAVY guitar - the body is big and the chromed, extended bridge is large. I was stunned by its weight. Heaviest guitar I've ever owned, by far. I don't mind. It's a thing of beauty. It's got a gorgeous color, finish and flawless kneck-through design. The fretboard is well set up, clean and easy to move through. The width is a tad wider than my more usual 5-string, but doesn't seem to be a problem. It's got active pick-ups of course. I'm still playing with the sound. It certainly does not sound like a Fender, but I can't say I'm unhappy. With EQ manipulation, I was easily able to get a variety of sounds. Plenty of bottom and sustain on it, but like I said, I've not quite found the right combo of turns on its 5 knobs and my Amp EQ settings to just where I want them. I gotta say. I'm in love with the looks of this thing and pleased with the sound - it's not a Stingray, but it's not some cheapo knock-off either. It's a sweet, pretty guitar. Will it be my workhorse? not sure. It may be something I pull out for one set a night. I have a new Josh Paul 5 and I'm trying to decide between them for my 5 string sets (my usual guitar is a Rickenbacker 4003). anyway, there it is!