I have been playing and collecting for over 30 years, most of my collection is USA vintage, Gibson, Fender, Rick etc. I spend a lot on basses. I bought a Kelly Bird on a whim, looked nice in the pictures, loved the finish and upper register access and for $299 heck if I didn't like it I could ship it back. I am totally blown away by this bass. QC is excellent. Beautiful fit and finish. The book matched flamed maple top is stunning. The neck is very fast I can't believe how low I can get the action. The frets are dressed very nicely I have spent much more on a bass and not had fret work of this quality. The pickups are very powerful passive humbuckers, I honestly was planning on replacing them but after playing the bass there is no need. Big , punchy gutsy tone. If you are just getting started or a touring pro this bass delivers! Totally impressed and that ain't easy.