i have a brand new Epiphone Ripper! i didn't "need" another bass, but got a killer deal on this bass, and i have been looking for a good beater bass that looked cool. i have had my eye on this bass for a while, and though it is not a Ripper in the "gibson" sence of the word (humbuckers). it's good enough for me. i play a some Dallas gigs tonight and tomorrow night (feel free to stop by and by me drinks), so i will be able to give it some field testing tonight, unless my EBMM stingray is feeling too good to put down. i kind of like to stick to one bass once i get going on it. review so far (not playing live or rehearsal): sounded good at the music store throuh a hartke combo and ampeg combo. got it home to my GK rig (1001rbII, neo 2x12). like many maple basses lots of highs and tight lows, a little clanky (someone put rotos on it). it is P/J loaded and sounds accordingly. sounds really quite good for a bass under $300. it is V/V/T. the best tone so far is p picK-up on full and jazz on halfway, tone halfway. keeps it full, but not too bright at that setting. feels very solid/hefty, resembles an boat anchor. could stop jealous boyfriends from beating me up on stage with one swipe. it is a tiny bit neck heavy, and although the pick ups are pretty quiet (even the jazz bridge) there is some slight grounding noise (the kind that goes away when you touch the bridge or stings). maybe i will drop EMGs in it. the neck is sort of like a D shape. constuction flaws: one scratchy pot and selector switch, easy fix at the music store. there are a few pick-up and thrus rod screws that are almost stripped out. i guess, par for the coarse for a bass in this price range. you can easily tell it is a multi-piece body, but i think it looks cool. overall, a good punchy bright bass that'll do that green day thing with a pick. it also has that 70s gene simmons look to it too.