This bass is not the holy grain in any sense, but it is a great platform for customization!! This wood is fine, the sound is way better than you would expect, just the hardware is so so but no issue and do immediately replace the 4 pieces of steel wire. For the money, do yourself a favor and try your favourite color and spice, they are so much fun. Basically a proper beginners bass, but way fun for any bassist to show their skills. Yeah, it's your playing, not your bass... ;) 4 stars go to the value-for-money proposition.