I went on price alone when I got this, because I didn't have a clue what I was doing. It's all really quite embarrassing. If it was stolen, I would be a little sad because of the whole first-guitar thing, but there is no way in hell I would purchase another. I wouldn't even accept it if it was given to me.
It sits next to my Ibanez, though, and that would likely be stolen along with it, and that would be nervous-breakdown-inducing.
Worst aspect was the neck bending over for me.
Don't buy this bass, even if you are a beginner. Save your pennies, and get an Ibanez, Yamaha, or Squier.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $310.00 AUD (new)
Where Obtained: Rajen Music. 8 Rezes St, Knox Tower Point, Wantirna South, Melbourne, Australia
Unknown where it was made. Neck is one piece maple, with a rosewood fretboard. The body is maple, maybe - No idea. 21 frets. Single split-coil P-Style pickup, with a single volumn and tone nobe. Black finish on the body, with a red tortice shell scratch plate.
It's all pretty ordinary.
Construction, though, is hideous. There are screws in the scratch plate, that have been screwed in crooked. Also, one of the neck screws has around a 15 degree tilt to it.
After a couple of weeks with this bass, the neck bowed something chronic. Plays like crap compared to other basses. I've since purchased an Ibanez SR200, because it was getting a bit hard to learn things on.
I purchased a pretty ordinary 15 watt practice amp with the guitar, as a part of a package, and on that it sounds fine to me. There's a little bit of buzz when it's not grounded, but nothing major (whether that's just the guitar, the amp, or a combination of both?)
It seems suited enough to the style of music I play, which is pretty much anything. I wouldn't want to hear this guitar though a decent setup, just after using a half-decent guitar, though :-p
Stays in tune resonably well. Neck bowed, like I said. Adjustment of the said rod-of-power did nothing, at all.
I live in Melbourne, Australia, and it's summer at the moment.. Which actually means that it goes from Winter to Summer within a day or two, over and over and over. It seems to hold up to this kinda-okay. Doesn't go out of tune, much, due to these factors.