Well after waiting months for my bass to show up(it was backordered) I am very pleased. I got the Dean Rhapsody 8 string with the bubinga finish. I was very surprised by the quality of the bass for the price, it has a brass nut,grover tuners,active pickups(EMG hz), very Big sound,and a very nice bubinga finish all for $549. I also have a warwick corvette , 2 ibanez, Esp, ovation, and up to recently a fender jazz and to my surprise the fit and finish on the Dean is every bit as good as the warwick, the Dean came set up perfectly, the action was nice and low the intonation is dead on..again very impressive for the price. Anyone out there in the market for an 8 string should Definately check one of these out.