Hey everyone, some may remember me from about a few weeks ago browsing around for bass companies and manufacturers. So with the help of some TalkBass members, I ended up going with Skjold Designs. I absolutely do NOT regret this decision! The customer service is great. I called up and Pete helped me choose the components to my new instrument that suit me best. I will post pictures once I get the cable for my digital camera. The Bass: Pro Series 5 String, Swamp Ash Wood, 3 Band Equalizer, Ebony Covered Pickups with an Ebony Fingerboard, Gloss Finish Craftsmanship: Simply amazing. The intonation is great! Playing octaves high up on the fretboard usually produces some waves between the pitches but here there are none! To think this is handmade! The body of the bass is a beautiful swamp ash natural finish with ebony covered pickups. Sure the body shape and gloss finish impressed me but WOW, the pickups! The bass really looks badass. The neck is ebony as well with steel color frets. Not only is this bass aesthetically pleasing but it sounds great! Great is actually an understatement, this is honestly the best instrument I have ever played. Sound: Here is where this bass shines above the rest. The 3 band equalizer produces a very versatile instrument. I go to play at my weekly Jazz Combo, I find a sound perfect for whatever we're playing whether its a standard or a modern tune. When my band practices, I find a sound perfect for every song we play, whether its a ballad YYZ by Rush, or some funk. Slap is really where this bass sounds the best in my opinion. I really can't explain how great the slap sounds, I wish I could record it and post it. I could compare it to any Warwick of mine and there is no competition. Classical? Why not? I'm almost certain I can find a sound for whatever genre I'm playing. I must not forget the Low B. It's has a great punch to it and is extremely crisp and clean, not muddy at all. I never owned a 5 string before so I can't really compare it to another low B. However I brought it to my teacher and he was shocked at how crisp and clean it was. Once again, this is the most versatile bass I have ever played. I actually might stop bringing my upright to combo practice Playability: To start off, this bass is amazingly light! It has to be less than half the weight of my Warwick fretless neck thru. Standing up for hours playing on stage or practicing is not a drag at all. I have yet to weigh this, I'll post its actual weight soon. This is my first 5 string, and I was worried about switching over due to the change in gap between the strings. I thought it would be harder for me to slap or even play. Not at all! I hardly notice the gap when I switch between my fretless and this bass, so popping and slapping is no problem. The action is very low. As low as can go! Its very easy to play, and there is no buzz from the string hitting the frets. Playing quick scales up and down the neck is very simple when you don't have to press down so hard on the fingerboard! I shall also take pictures of the strings so you can see what I mean. Overall: This company is truly amazing. The customer service is great and they make unbelievable instruments. I recommend Skjold Designs to any bass player, especially if they're looking for something extremely versatile. I have been stuck on Warwick models for a while, but I do not think they stand up to this bass. Of course this is all opinion, however, in terms of weight, versatility, sound, and looks, I go with Skjold Designs. This doesn't mean I hate Warwicks! They are great instruments as well! Pictures coming soon!