...aaand it's going right back. Nuts. I was looking forward to spending my few holiday days off getting to know it. This bass falls short on many levels. EDIT..it has improved quite a bit since sitting for a while and letting the full turn of the truss rod I made settle in. Other issues are still there though, but for now it's getting better with time. I've been on the lookout for a killer 4 string to go with my Roscoe 5 string, as I just can't swing a 4 string Roscoe right now, which is fine as I play my 5 string 80% of the time..so I was hoping to get something cheaper that was in that same ballpark tonally. I currently have a Lakland 44-02 and a German Warwick Streamer which are fantastic basses, but do not sound like my Roscoe. After seeing the pickup placement of the G&L and researching the electronics and watching every video I could find, I couldn't help but give an M2000 a shot so I ordered one from Musicians Friend, which had them for $449. And not the regular version...the carved flame top, bound mahogany body version. Couldn't resist. Wish it delivered. First, the good: -Looks fantastic. Love the trans black, love the carved top, love the body binding. Finish is beautiful. The back has a trans finish as well that shows off the mahogany nicely. -Fretwork. While not perfect, it's way better than I expected. I was impressed, considering other overseas instruments I've tried (*cough* Sterlingbymusicman *cough*) Now the bad: -The weight. My shipping scale shows right at 10 pounds. TEN! The only bass I've played that weighs more was a Stingray 5. This is quite a shock coming from my 7.5lb Lakland and 8.5lb Roscoe. -The electronics. Right off I noticed a 'scratchy' sound to the electronics. All the knobs turn fine...no noise on the EQ...try the balance..ahhh crap. The blend pot is bent and broken and shorts out as it turns. Going to the bridge pickups kills all the sound. I can set the pot and jam it into place to get it to work for a little while though. Not sure how that got through QC. -The sound. Okay, the pot can be fixed. Maybe the weight can be dealt with if I'm rewarded by that sweet huge sound that this tank is surely to produce! Nope. 'Thin and anemic' is how I would describe the sound of these basses. Not sure who approved this electronics package. The best sound I got was bridge pickup only on the A,D, and G strings. The E string is absolutely non-existent. Dull, flat, lifeless. It has no snap, no punch. The bottom 3 strings sound nice, but the E string literally sounds like a flatwound string with a mute on it. I mean it is DEAD. I'm not even sure I'm going to bother trying new strings on it, it's that bad. I don't think it's the string. Okay m aybe I'll try a used string from the bin just to see. Going to both pickups scoops all the mids and adds a huge amount of sharp, piercing treble. E string is even worse in this mode. It's almost like the E string is out of phase with the other strings. It's bad. The ice pick treble is unbearable though. It also has major fret buzz from the 5th fret down. I've put about a full turn of relief in the truss rod so far and it still buzzes. No buzz on the 7th fret. Fretting out on the 5th fret. I will need more time to work on that, but I don't think I'll have it that long. I also think this bass may have been returned before, but I'm not sure. Could be a MF issue, or could be a G&L issue, but there are dings on the neck and little spots of sticky stuff on the body. No fingerprints or dust or anything, so these could be from the factory. Overall, I'm obviously hugely dissapointed in this G&L. Yeah I know it's Indonesian made, but picking up my Indonesian made Lakland after this is like night and day. I think the weight is the major thing for me. Blend pot can be fixed easily. Dead E string may just be the string (but if not...yeeeeesh....burn this one). Sound can be tweaked with a new preamp....but I shouldn't have to fix these things. In the end, I just can't play a 10lb bass all night long. Looks great though! Other than the dings on the headstock which shouldn't be there on a new bass.