I was too excited last night to give you a pictoral tour of the open box experience. I it came with the calssic chrome pickup covers (it's a 57 RI knock off). Forgot to get pics before I took pics.
Wow. Right out of the box, the action as a little high, but given the classic jazz set-up, that was a given. The strings are a reallllly low gauge. The G was pingy because of its gauge, but thats a minor detail and I wont hold it against the bass. The neck though, plays EXCELLENT! Very glossy but still has an aggressive sound and feel. The weight of the bass seems to be a little lighter than most Fenders I've played. The color of the finish was better than I though it would be too. All in all, I loved it as soon as I got it out of the shipping material
The one thing I thought when buying this bass is that I would have to change the pickups to get a good sound out of it. I bought an agile double cut years ago and that was the story there (agile is still in my rig). This bass is a completely different story. Tuned up and ran the SX through a Bass pod XT live through a bassman '59 RI. This thing has some HOT pickups to my surprise. Perfect mix of balls and cutting tone with the bridge at 10, neck at about 9, and tone about 8. Didn't have too much of a chance to play it last night and tweak the pod to this bass as apposed to the active Spector it was set for before, so the sound can only get better. Really.. I think I need to get a real bass rig to do this bass justice, It's meant to be played louder than a 45 watt Fender RI with some cone cry issue will allow me.
I've yet to record with it through the POD but im more than possitive it will be great in comparison to the sounds I was getting from my old Spector NS-2a. For $175 after shipping. I would recommend it to all guitar players with a secondary bass rig, and most bass players looking for a beater/experiment.
Kudos to RockStarNick for the pedal board and case, I love it man