Before I knew what MY tone was and what felt right for me I owned or played several basses that were just all wrong. I remember 20 years ago lusting after a Les Paul bass in cherryburst. Played one in a store, couldn't have been more let down. No upper horn meant severe neck dive for me. So uncomfortable. As a Geddy fan I always wanted a Ric. Played an old model a friend had. Hated the feel and tone. Blech. Thumb 5, such growl, such tone! Actually bought this one on TB. Sooo heavy and the worst neck dive I'd ever encountered. Sold it a day later. Any fretless. I've actually owned a few hoping I'd find a "good one". Well, no fretless is good for me. Lakland 4402. Seemed like the perfect combination of basses. Didn't like the Barts, don't care for vintage frets. Pedulla Rapture. Looked so cool, played so.....average. The stock Barts are not my flavor. Anything vintage. Old is cool. Old is valuable. After owning MANY vintage basses I've decided old is just old. I'll take a new Fender, MM, or G&L any day. I'm not dissing any of these models, they just don't work for me. Owning and playing them helped me find what does work. I'd love to hear other's experiences.