Several years ago, a local supermarket chain started shipping electric guitars right around Christmas time, and a few people from my university bought a few for kicks - they could've been had for about 50 USD, and surprisingly enough, the woodwork and machinery weren't that bad at all, in fact they played nicely and were a killer modding platform. Fast forward to today, I snagged this beauty for barely 100 USD. A Rooster Precision bass in red (I promised myself I'd get a red bass eventually), with 20 frets, what I believe is a quilted maple fingerboard and a maple neck, no idea on the body wood, but it's quite solidly build (read: it's slightly heavier than my first bass), and common V/T controls. and mono jack. I checked the neck at the store (the sales clerk was nice enough and she opened the box at the store so I could inspect it, normally a rare thing at supermarkets) and it seems flat enough. When I got home to test it, both controls worked, neither pot was crackling, the volume knob was a bit wobbly (the plastic inset wasn't snug, so I wrapped it in paper and it stuck properly), the strings are new, intonation was done in under ten minutes... it works and sounds like a decent enough P-bass. Further setup is due tomorrow, but if I'm lucky it'll respond well to the setup and might become very, very smooth to play (not that it's that hard to play now). And yes. It's going to get the life modded out of it. On a related note, is the neck really quilted maple? I don't know what else it might be (it definitely isn't rosewood ), but it feels nice under the fingers and I find it looks really good.