My first bass well past a decade ago.
Active preamp that allows for tone shaping and a neck that plays beautifully. As a starter, you'd be hard pressed to do much better. Pickups are a little lacking in clarity.
Mine has been gutted electronically and currently has a Mike Pope core 2.2stk preamp installed along with EMG HZ pickups.
this bass had an ok sound to it and played ok but is not worth the price. Constantly going out of tune and needing re-setup, too many knobs , and to top it all off one day the A string just flew right out of the bridge bending it to where I would've had to buy a $75 part to fix it. JUNK!