My thoughts are not limited strictly to basses. I'm speaking about these brands in general. As the little sister brands to Gibson and Fender respectively, Epiphone and Squier seem to draw all sorts of comparisons. To me the most telling difference between the two little sister brands is that Epiphone has a distinguished history of its instruments having been played by some giants in the music business. I cannot find any musician of prominence that is known for playing a Squier. The list of Epi players includes: Paul McCartney George Harrison John Lennon Les Paul (even after Gibson started his signature line) Pete Doherty Edge Ace Frahley Noel Gallagher John Lee Hooker Brian Jones Alex Lifeson Keith Richards Dwight Yoakam I know, I know. Those guys are primarily guitar players. I'm not sure if there are any notable Epi bass players out there. Squier has, as far as I can find, one (1) well known "musician" associated with it, that little emo dork, Pete Wentz. There might be more out there, but I didn't see any. Because of that I think I will always be more drawn to Epi when looking for instruments in the bargain price range.