I have had zero problems with noise from the electronics - truly noiseless in my experience. I have been able to get any sound I want from it (precision-like, musicman-like, traditional jazz, etc.). Now none of these are EXACT of course, but close enough so that I don't feel the need to purchase another instrument.
The action on mine is incredible and the neck is straight as an arrow! I typically have my relief set to around .012-.015 but with this bass I can set the relief to .003-.005 with no buzz whatsoever. This speaks to the neck quality as well as the fret job done at the factory on this.
I was a big Squier supporter (still am to a degree), but after owning this and playing many other instruments since, I will say that there is a clear and huge difference in quality. The balance from string to string, tonal diversity, consistency everywhere, hardware quality - it is all excellent. You will never convince me that the general quality of Squier basses is equal to or better than this. I have owned several new Squiers and they are great.but not like this...I am also a big fan of the rounded heel making it easier to play higher...I didn't realize how nice it was until I went back to playing another bass without it. Not a huge innovation, but a nice addition.