Summary: Overall i think this a great bass, its great for any one who wants a 5-string or even someone who is new to playing bass. Its not too expensive, great value for money. It has met all my expactations and after mastering the 5-string im going to move onto the 6-string (JM2 best bass ever).
Summary: I got this new (for more than I should have done really, but oh well) as a second bass, wanting to try a 5-string. I have never looked back. The entire instrument is made flawlessly, and I find that the finish hides scratches pretty well, except on the headstock (doesn't appear to be sealed, and i keep whacking it in the ceiling because I'm, well a bit of a spacko sometimes).
Summary: I had been wanting to learn how to play the bass guitar for a long time, so I took a friend of mine with me and went to various music shops and tried a selection of bass guitars out. I wanted a 5 string as it gives more flexibility with the extra string (low B). The thing growls like theres no tomorrow when plugged into my Roland practice combo. It looks the business and I don't know how Yamaha can do it for the money.