Hi all - never thought I'd buy an Acoustic Bass but was at a friends place a couple of months ago and he had a couple of acoustics including a bass and we sat in his kitchen and jammed for hours. It was a great time - so GAS immediately set in and I started searching for the right bass for me. I tried everything I could get my hands on here in Canada. Ibanez - too quiet, barely louder than an electric Fender - didn't like the tone Beaver Creek - super loud but very clanky Takemine - the best of the lot in terms of tone, feel and volume I also discovered that in general acoustics tend to be very clanky - and as I hit pretty hard anyway I decided to go fretless. This limited my choices dramatically but as soon as I saw the Alien I knew it was the one. I went for the Alien Rockbass Deluxe which is the mid-priced model - which is perfect for what I will be using it for. Its a little more expensive than other options but you can definitely tell the difference. There's not a lot of info on these basses here at TB and it appears that acoustics don't get a a lot of love here in general - but I have to say I am pretty impressed with this bass. Its loud, has great tone, decent electronics, sounds even better plugged in and the fit and finish is top notch - I am picky and I can find nothing wrong, lacking or cheap on this bass.