I searched through the threads but couldn't find all that much on these. I have liked the idea of this bass ever since I saw Robert Sledge play one on the Ben Folds Five Complete Sessions at West 54th DVD. His tone was always really gorgeous and I liked the fact that he wasn't ashamed to rock an Epiphone. I found one at GC a few weeks ago that sounded great (needed a good setup, though) and I had no idea that they are selling for $250!!!! That is TOTALLY within my price range. Anyone have any stories about these? Is this really the smokin' deal that I think it is? I've always been a dyed in the wool Fender guy and had absolutely zero inclination to pick up an Epi of all things , but I'll be damned if this little bass hasn't charmed the pants off me. If I do pick one up it'll most likely become my new coffee-table bass. Thoughts?