Being totally passive, it sounds better than a StingRay to my ears. The tone is an authoritative, focused growl. The other downside to getting this Kiloton, is it's giving me GAS for an American L-2000 or L-2500.
Very tight, focused, and growly. It's very bright. Sort of like a StingRay, without being electronically glassy. I like that it's completely passive. The tone is excellent. The mids really make it cut through the mix of a band. It's great for modern jazz, progressive rock, metal, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Steely Dan (with the treble backed off to about 60%), and that sort of stuff. Not really good for old school rock, blues and R&B.
It's the imported Tribute model, not the Fullerton, USA version. It's very well made, with a couple of exceptions. The frets above the 11th fret were not filed properly on both ends and the top of them sticks out past the edge of the fretboard a tiny bit. Not enough to be terrible to play, but shows that their Q.C. is not the best. They are supposed to be inspected in Fullerton before being released for sale. I pass by G&L all the time. I should stick my head in there and say hey, what's with that? The other thing is the bottom, funky shaped surface of the headstock that most people don't like is a bit rough. I'll have to get busy with a fret file and sandpaper on a small block one of these days. I'll have to remove the neck to work on the upper frets.
The massive ash body is a bit heavy, but I expected that since my StingRay 5 is the same way. with it's massive ash body. They've recently changed to making the Tribute version with a solid color on a poplar body, which should be lighter.
Now I have to get used to the J-Bass type neck. Never like them before, but the feel in my hands is changing. Maybe it's finally time to get used to it.
Epiphone Jack Casady
Ovation Magnum 1
Dean Stylist w/ John Birch Magnum II pups
Trace Elliot VA350/GP11 Mk1
2 BFM Omni 10.5 crossfire cabs
Roland Bass Cube 100