Anybody here have a cheap bass they'd always keep? I'm going to define "cheap" as <$300. Not to sound too self-serving, but I asked this question because I have to make a choice. I've owned some really nice basses in the past and because of stupid choices either sold them, traded them, or modded them so that now I play a couple of SX basses because that's all the bass money I had left. However, the MM/J is pretty darn nice! The neck plays really well after I leveled the frets, and the body vibrates really nicely. It has a good unplugged sound and sounds good plugged in. I've replaced the tuners with a different set I had laying around and replaced the bridge with a high mass brass saddle one. I've shielded the cavities, installed a split coil switch for the MM, and a push/pull series/parallel switch for the two pups. It was a pretty good bass and with some work it's even better. These are sound clips from this bass: 60's 70's MM/J Now, I'm going to be getting around $200 for my birthday and I could probably get another $300 for these two basses. $500 buys a lot of used bass. BassNW has a minty Lakland 44-01, a nice upscale Ibanez, and a Fender Jazz 24 all for $500 each. Would they be better, though? This is my dilemma. So, which cheapie bass(es) would you never part with? And What would you do in my situation?