I know these don't get a hella lotta respect on these pages, but for a buck-fifty-six shipped and insured off eBay, this thing ain't bad. The E string sounds boomier than the rest of them, but these strings might've been on there since the factory. Gotta try new ones. Other than that, sounds nice, plays nice. Build quality appears good although who knows what the guts are really like. Until it breaks I am not gonna find out. No I am sure it is NOT a real-deal MusicMan. But when I broke into bass playing, you couldn't get anything that could touch this for less than $300 or so and this was 20 years ago. Blasted CNC machines - they are taking over the world.