at $499 I would think that it is a bargain considering that it has the following: 4-string 24 frets 34 inch scale Passive humbucking pickups Mahogany neck with maple stringers Imbuya wings Neck-thru-body design Scalloped bottom horn . as for the sound,on first listen,my friend and I agreed that the AXL stingray clone which costs half as much actually sounded better.brighter,cleaner,more distinctive. the peavey was too warm and muddy. couldn't decide if it were the amp or our bias towards the brighter tone. has anyone had experience which these two basses?