A friend of mine who is learning to play guitar has come to see my band several times. At our last gig he mentioned that he had bought a bass a while back but never used it other than to try it out a couple of times at home. He decided that he wanted to give it to me, figuring it will get used, as opposed to sitting in a corner. He brought it over today. It's a black, Yamaha RBX170. Entry level, passive bass with P/J configuration p'ups. 34" bolt on maple neck with rosewood fingerboard. Other than the fingerprints all over it, it looks (and basically is) brand new. It even came with the original cord, 2 allen keys, warranty info and Owner's Manual still in their original packaging. Sure, it's an entry level instrument but that doesn't matter to me at all (anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE well made and good playing inexpensive equipment). It's VERY light, the neck is quite thin at the nut and has a nice "C" shaped, VERY smooth, unfinished neck. The frets are well finished, with no sharp edges. It has a string tree that runs across all 4 strings and held in with 2 screws with lots of thread showing. We'll see how long that lasts. Yamaha closed tuners. They look good and seem to work well, although their placement on the back of the headstock makes it look cluttered. There is some nice small attention to detail in that the truss rod opening (located at the bottom of the fretboard) has a plastic insert. Yet, on the back of the bass, the control cover does not fit flush into the body. Rather it sits on top of the body. Strange. I have only played it for about 5 minutes. It sounds well enough. There's a front p'up volume pot, rear p'up volume pot and a tone (blend?) pot. I need to play around with it a bit to see what sounds I can get out of it. I did hear some hum when turning up the volume. I have yet to remove the control cover to see if there is any shielding or if there is a grounding issue. The strings are stock, but new, and bright sounding. I'll keep them on for now, but need to do a setup. I don't own a passive bass, so this is a nice addition to my collection. I'm quite happy right now.