Summary: This bass looks, sounds, and feels awesome. You can get any tone you want, and it would look good playing any genre or style. ------------------------------ Answer for the question why tune lower? Why NOT tune lower?
Summary: This is also my first bass. I have the 5 string version as well. I love this bass. I thought the sound was great at the store, and still do now. I think the looks of it are great as well. The only negative I have is that I get a rattle out of 2 frets on the low B and the E strings.
Summary: It's a VERY GOOD bass, made of high quality wood (well balanced and light), with a super fast thin neck and a killer sound (those bartolinis really make the difference). The sound is crystal clear & very strong, reach in harmonics (with a powerful low end and strong - almost agrresive sounding...
Summary: I feel like this bass is the ultimate beginner bass that will last well into any professional career. A huge problem with beginners or people who are "trying out" bass wind up buying the POS starter pack with a 10 watt amp and the $50 bass.
Summary: First off, let me say that for a while I avoided this bass because I figured my liking it at that time was due to my lack of experience as a bass player. But after a few years of playing and seriously GASing for a warwick, I decided to pick this up going "Well, p-ups are active on it too..