I've recently bought a schecter raiden deluxe 5-string bass. I bought one out of curiosity and I have to say it sounded pretty cool. this bass has a nice punchy sound. especially since it has p/j pick-ups. also this bass is passive. the bass is equipped with ernie ball stainless steel strings. normally some bass guitar companies usually equipped their basses with crappy stock strings, but this bass on the other hand has ernie ball bass strings. so that's a real plus for giving basses good first impressions. personally I find these strings to be a little to bright for my tastes. but other than that, the bass sounded pretty cool. speaking of strings, this bass has a string-through body which can provide extra sustain. it also sounded pretty cool with the use of effects. however, the one minor drawback is that this bass gets a little noisy when using effects, but a noise gate can easily fix that no problem. all in all, a great bass guitar to own if you like bass guitars with p/j pick-ups.