So I picked this guy up locally on the old Facebook marketplace today for what I would consider to be a very decent price. I am completely impressed with this instrument. This thing punches well above its weight and could hang with many American made basses. I can't believe how far "cheap" basses have come in the last 15 years. It's insane. I'm to the point where I think if you get a good knockoff version of the brand (squier, epiphone, sub, etc) the only reason you'd want the American made equivalent is because of the name on the headstock. Now I am not gonna go crazy and say this is totally on par with an ernie ball, but it is good enough. Obviously when I got it I had to immediately tear it apart to see what makes it go. And there it is... what I assume to be stock wiring. About ten washers per pot because all they had in the parts bin were long shafts I guess? That's the humbucker you get. I'm not even mad its bar magnets. The thing sounds great. Now obviously the thing was filthy when I got it from the guy, but the strings have life in them still and it's a fantastic player.