It's kind of a niche instrument but could be a niche that suits me. I believe these are being discontinued by Ibanez. BTB33 is a 5-string 33" scale bass tuned E-C. Bartolini pickups. The extra high string makes more chordal playing possible, useful if you want to be able to, say, play some jazz standards chordally expressed with little/no accompaniment which is something I want to work on. First bass I have owned with a ramp; scale is 3% shorter than standard so it is not much different-- just enough shorter to make it play faster with, in my case, the notes falling more perfectly under my fingertips with a natural curvature of my hand. Tone is better than expected, I rather expected the slightly shorter scale to take a toll there. E is just a little looser than what I am accustomed to with a 34" scale. Not heavy but not as not light as I thought it might be given the small body... it is a slab. Sounded good on a gig through a GK MB 800 and Barefaced Super Midget, with a tight and clean low end (which I had worried might be less than impressive w/ lower tension. Also sounded good at home through a super Bassman 300 and Barefaced Four10. I was surprised that it sounded quite good with the Bassman's overdrive such that you can mimic guitar parts. Has a cord lock jack which is nice. I had been interested and since they have been discontinued and I hadn't seen a used one here on TB for nearly seven months, I thought it might be time to check this out. Picked this up from a quality TBer for a fair price. I am enjoying playing it.