This bass right out of the box is fun to play.
It has a pretty rounded tone, with solid lows, mids and highs, and also has an active EQ bass boost pot with the passive pickup. The P/J configuration helps add to the tone, with a punchy precision pickup and a jazzy growl of the bridge jazz pickup complimenting each other really well.
The satin finished neck is fast and playable, and the tuning machines are precise.
This is a good backup bass to have, especially for the price. I reworked mine a bit as a project and to make it more stage-ready as my Eb bass:
-swapped out the stock pickups for Seymour-Duncan™ Quarter Pound Precision/Jazz pickups -replaced the stock pots with Fender™ 250k split shaft potentiometers with .022 capacitors in a Pv/Pt/Jv/Jt configuration (had to drill the plate out a bit with a 3/8" bit) -rewired with Stew-Mac™ .22 gauge cloth back wiring -installed a Switchcraft™ mono flush mount jack (Active pots and pickups require a stereo jack) -future replacement of neck with a Fender™ maple neck (for tonal purpose)
I have the VM Jaguar with active preamp and P/J pickups. The versatility of tonal options is fantastic. From classic rock to alt-metal and more, this bass will get you there. The build quality rivals that of a low end Fender bass for half the price. The jazz pickup could be a bit more balanced with the precision, but other than that I have no complaints.
Love the tone of the bridge pickup by itself, or with a little of the neck mixed in. Just like any other Jaguar- there are more than enough tone combinations. It's versatile as well comfortable.
This bass is a good purchase for beginners or even pros. It holds up well during my band's practices and shows. It's great to use during recording because of the active pickups. It delivers a solid, crisp, clean tone.