"Significant Improvements over last SR300 model"
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
The sound is going to be dependent on the amp - I am using a Fender Rumble 75 - and I am very satisfied with the sound. With the 3-way EQ you don't have to do a lot of fooling with the amp
Ease of Use:
Neck is nice. Factory setup wasn't bad, but I am going to have my local luthier set it up.
I don't see how the fit and finish could be improved on. You can always improve on pickups, but I don't see how you could make this bass any better in this price range. I got it on sale for $266. I didn't see anything out there under $500 that I would even consider over this bass - and it is certainly better than some I have played well over $500.
Have not contacted them.
The Wow Factor:
The wow factor starts when you see this bass - and it keeps going as you feel it and play it.
The newer version is 5 knobs - Bass, Mid, Treble, Volume & Pickup Balance. (Older version Bass/Treble on split knob, volume, pickup balance, 2. The newer version neck is 5pc Maple/Rosewood with a Rosewood fretboard. I like the feel better, and while you don't buy instruments based on looks, the rosewood fretboard looks nice with the Pewter finish.(Last version was 5pc maple/Rosewood, Maple fretboard. Didn't like the feel and I didn't like the high contrast in color)3. Upgraded pickups 4. Upgraded bridge from Accu-cast B100 bridge to the B120. The B120 is more refined and has better string height adjustment screws. 5. The electronics cover on the older one did not fit as tight. The cover was smaller than the hole, and the gap around looked bad. The newer version fits better and looks a lot more finished, or planned. I don't rate anything a 10 - I just don't have anything to complain about with this bass. The Ibanez case I bought with it is another conversation - rated in another review. If the case were comparable to the bass, I would truly be amazed!