For me this bass was a very good opportunity since lefty acoustic 5-ers are SO hard to find! The price was fantastic 239 $ (189 !!!), shipping costs where 64 $, customs however were 90 $, adding it all up the bass has cost me around 330 $, which isn't bad for the instrument I can play.
Overall I can certainly recommend this bass to other lefty bassplayer...It is SO nice sitting on your porch and play bass along with songs on the radio or iPod...
Model Year: 2011
Price: $239.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Silver Spring Music Nevada
I don't know where the bass was made, probably in Asia (China, Korea?). The bass sounds nice, but sounds more nicer when amplified, deep tone and the PU has nice features to tweak around. Only the B-string sounds more quiet than the other strings. I had to adjust the neck when the bass arrived, there was a lot of fretbuzz on the G and E-string but now it sounds more than nice! The finish is a deep piano black with white binding on the body. The neck wasn't that nicely finished, that means the neck was fine and plays fine, but the little dots on the upperside of the neck, on the binding weren't that nicely put, the ink seemd to have smeared away a bit. But no problem.
This bass was purchased in order to play a "light" or "unplugged" set with my band on weddings, receptions or somewhere in a small caf where people like to chat while the music plays quiet and softly. For this purpose this is a very fine instrument, especially since it sounds very nice along an Ovation 12-string and a Guild 6-string acoustic guitar.
When the band needs a little more power, I hook this bass on a Markbass 2x10 combo and the sound is incredibly good.
The sound is nice and dark, that is when you need that particular sound, but by altering the "presence" glider on the bass, it gets more metallic in sound when you play a song that needs to sound a bit more agressive.
Tuning is very simple, since it is an acoustic instrument it needs a tad more tuning than I have to do with my other basses. Straplocks and hardware are solid and I like the typical wood scent that comes out the soundhole, it smells like cedar and pine.