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This was a hate buy. I've always hated Ibanez basses because the necks have been awful. I own many different basses in the different brands. Ibanez is not reliable, it seems like they always need a neck adjustment. Anyway, this bass is actually fantastic. It's set up nice out of the box and the sound is beautiful. Of course you can never really emulate a true acoustic upright but it does well.I'm surprised by the craftsmanship on it. There's no blemishes, it's got a nice finish to it. Really beautiful to look at and listen to, which is a first for me because Ibanez has always sounded 'tinny' to me. In comparison it does well against NS Design, obviously I still love my NS basses however this is a good choice if you're looking to save a few hundred.I keep it in a controlled temp/humidity room because I now live in Nevada (it's terribly dry here), so I'm not sure how it would handle in an uncontrolled temp & humidity space. Honestly, because it's an Ibanez I don't think I'd trust it outside of that room... Never played this one on stage as I got it right when COVID hit.The stand is good even though I'm not a fan of Tama. Always had trouble with their snares and other hardware growing up. Everything seems solid considering the brands used.I'd recommend this one. But will always be leary about reliability. Ask any store who sells Ibanez and they can show you the stack of take backs because of poor craftsmanship... And then ask them about the other brands, if they're honest about it they'll tell you they have more Ibanez they have to return or deduct price on from craftsmanship than any of the other brands combined and second to that is Peavey. It's pretty sad. This one is a good one.
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