To my surprise, I tested 2 model - 104 black and 105 natural. Long story short, the black 104 had a rather boring thin sound, although playability was great. So out of curiosity, I tested the 5 string natural model, and to my surprise, it sounded a lot richer and significantly better. Even the staff was surprised by this. There wasn't even comparison, the 5 strings sounded a lot richer, focused, deeper especially on the C string.
But I liked the black finish more, so requested a new 105 in black. Again to my surprise, black 5 strings sounded similar to the black 4 strings. I didn't want to trouble the staff, and took the display model. It had a tiny paint chip around the edge on the outer "ring", could have asked for a new one, but I wasn't confident and didn't want to trouble the staff.
I wish I could test more, anyone had same experiences? The early thread here was archived so I can't post anything further, hence this new thread. The old thread seems to indicate that there are indeed quality variences. I wonder if it's universal issue between black and natural finish, or there are indeed quality variances even between same model and same finish.Tweet
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