On the Bass, the knobs are in the right place for most playing styles, enabling quick modifications to your tone while in the middle of a song. I have never had a battery die out on me, and have only changed it once since I've owned the instrument.
I got the Black/Rosewood model. I know folks are crabbin about the gold pick-guard, but going against a black body, its fine! If that's the only complaint most folks have about it then that tells ya something!
It played very nice right out of the box (upgrading from a Squire P-Bass), though I did have a friend set the intonation for me since I was a rookie, buts been right ever since.
Using the RotoSound Swing 66 strings and have not had any issues with them rattling or buzzing.
Since I am not a guitar player playing bass, my main thing is holding the bottom and not wild solos or slapping (not that advanced), so the frets are holding up nicely and no scratch marks on the frets.
On the negative side the only thing I can think of is that it's a little heavy for me because I have spinal issues, but sitting or leaning on a stool help me with that issue.
The included gig bag is ok, and will hold up for awhile but I will probably be upgrading the gig bag real soon.