It was interesting how the bass looks a bit rough hewn from a distance, but when you look up close, it's all very finely put together, although every part is really robust. They've really refined their building techniques over the years.
He had me playing through some experimental speakers that didn't really work that well. There was not much in the way of low end. So, I didn't have much incentive to play it all that long. What was amazing was how the instrument responded acoustically. It's almost like the notes bloomed like they do when the instrument is on the verge of feedback. The way the headstock is mounted adds a lot of solidity to the tone. Also, the fingerboard is quite thick and the neck seems to be larger than most Starfires I've played. Certainly heftier than mine.
But, playing it was cool because when I went back to my bass, it didn't feel like mine was lacking in tone or playability in the least. The onboard superfilter was fun, but the noise factor was really obtrusive. The basic acoustic tone of both instruments wasn't really all that different, though they obviously each have their character (it did make me think about getting them to put one of their headstocks on, but I like the one I, especially because it has Phil's and Jack's signature on the back).
It was definitely fun to play the bass that when I was 12, in 1973, made me really listen to bass for the first time, after my little sister's babysitter left a copy of Europe '72 at our house. After that, I knew I had to be a bass player. It's a rare thing to be able to come full circle like that, but boy, to have to wait 44 years to do it....
OTOH, I think they should let me take it out for a gig! Just kidding. Sort of. I'd love to play it through a real bass rig.