I've needed a bass for a while now, and finally had some spare cash saved up. After some research, it seemed this one was the best choice for me out of what I had available. I'v wanted an Ibanez SR5005 for the longest time. But even though that's not what I wound up with, it doesn't bother me because I got basically the same thing with only a few differences plus an extra string. So, here are the pictures: (Sorry for the blurry headstock shot) So, as you can see, I wound up with an Ibanez SR3006e, which from what I can tell, is long discontinued and somewhat rare. There was a model released before this one that is essentially the same, but with stock Ibanez pickups as opposed to the Bartolini pickups in this one. I can't comment much on the sound though, since I don't have a real amp to test it with. But just plugging into my old guitar amp at low volumes, it seems incredibly versatile. It plays amazingly well too. Though being that this is my first bass, I don't have a whole lot to compare it to. Not that it matters much, because I'm pretty happy with it. It's in great shape for its age as well, even still has the plastic on the control cavity cover as you can see in picture 3 (though just barely). Lastly, some might find it odd that I'd get a 6 string as my first bass, but I've never been one to be intimidated by number of strings, since one of my first guitars that I learned on was a 7 string and I also have an 8 string I bought last year. And I have definitely played bass before (both 4 and 5 strings), I just never actually owned one or played extensively until now.