Do you own a beater bass? I mean a bass that you can abuse and dont have worry about. I own some very nice basses and I am somewhat anal about making sure they don't get dings and scratches during rehearsal and gigs. It is a lot of work keeping your basses looking pristine. On the other hand, I have this one bass that I practice at home on almost everyday and if it falls over or gets dropped, I figure it just adds more mojo to it. My beater bass is a Yamaha that I bought new like in 1998. I was waiting for a friend at GC and just happen to pick up and start playing a $239 Yamaha to see what a $239 bass played like. To my surprised it played great, was well balanced and had a 1-1/2" nut that felt like a lighter version of my J bass so I bought it. I had an artist surfer friend do a paint job on it. The best part of owning a beater bass is you just play it and forget about it. No worries. Please post your thoughts, and if you have them, pictures of your beater.