most of the people who call a Dean Bass crap, are usually just saying that because...A.. they have never played one, and B... have heard it from other people, who heard it from other people who have never played one. they do make alot of starter bassed, but the quality in those, are still very good. i play shows with one, and it keeps me happy, and you can always change the pickups in it, to make a more "original custom" tone, and it will be a very fine quality bass. i love dean. they are one of my 2 favorites. who ever told you they are crap, tell them to play one first.