I owned a Cobalt Blue BB5 for a few years and I was the bass player for a indie Christian band led by my friend Brian "Matt" Vanoy!
This thing was set up pretty nicely out of the box and has an amazing sound! The EMG designed active pickups delivered a great punch and really great tone.
Although it is a 5 string bass, I find that it is about middle of the road weight wise and not very demanding on the shoulder. The contour of the neck made playability very nice easily managed as I have a P bass from Fender and that neck is much wider which is why I prefer the BB5 neck.
Over all this is a very versatile bass guitar and will work great in all settings as I used it on the road and in the studio. I had to part with mine because times got tough but I sure would love to get my hands on another Cobalt Blue BB5 one day!
Thanks for a great instrument Washburn!
Active Soapbar pickups
5 string version
Gig bag included
The neck is very playable. The action is pretty low, which sometimes causes a buzz. I hesitate to bring up the action but it means not while recording.
The frets are not very well polished on the side, it's not upscale.
Easy access to treble, good balance.
I'm not a bass player at the base. I needed a versatile bass for my home studio. It nicely because it has more sounds to his "arc".
I play live in my card and Apogee in Logic.
What I tried before: a 4 string bass Stagg who had a sound very nice, low Bassline (custom) 5-string that has a little experience and a 4-string Music Man.
Good compared to the Music Man is not like that but otherwise it holds up. Looking on internet I see a price anywhere between 420 and 550 Eur. There is too much, I assure you. I found new at 326 eur Maga in Brussels. For me this is the price worth it.
My first Recorded with the beast this weekend and I am very satisfied.
I rated "severe" but I think it's realistic, put 10 for any vehicle even rotten probably not helpful to prospective buyers.