Big Fender argument week, so let's start off the weekend with a doozy! I have perspective on both sides because I started as a Fender lover, became a hater, and ended up becoming a lover over my decades of experience. BTW, I am using the word Fender to refer to both Fenders and what are commonly known as FSO's (Fender Shaped Objects). Anyway, here is some real for the Fender lovers: ---Yes, there are some producers who prefer the sound of a good vintage sounding Fender to someone else's favorite. Not all do, but some do. The vast majority of us will never even meet said producers, let alone work with them. Why keep bringing up a mostly irrelevant point? ---It is entirely possible to make a decent, and in some cases, lucrative, income from your bass playing without having so much as touched a Fender in your life. Or at least there may be some way to do it in the future if we can get past these superbugs that shut most of us down. ---Not everyone works for hire, and many who do work for people who are perfectly happy with their gear as long as they play the right stuff. But if you do plan on working for hire, I'd at least have a Fender or two tucked away just in case, and be happy that the Alembic Series II never became a required bass for for-hire players ---Let's admit it...though ultimately I end up preferring one of my Fenders for everything these days, a lot of non-Fenders do sound awesome in the hands of good players, I have a few my own self, and at the end of the day, it's the player, not the tools. Now the real for Fender haters: ---The music world isn't under some sort of "MUST....PLAY....FENDER" hypnotic spell, most producers aren't idiots, often they're better musicians than the ones they produce, and most bass players who buy Fenders do so because they like them. There are just many people who prefer the sound of a good Fender to anything. Doesn't make your choices invalid, doesn't mean they won't work with your sound as a personality component of the band, and I don't know why so many people get up in arms about it because most of us will never work with them, but that's how it is. ---To further prove the point, if people were under this alleged mass hypnosis, why is there such a big amount of FSO builders, pickup, and parts makers? It's not because people bought stock Fenders and were happy with them. I'm very particular about pickups and parts, and not everything works for me. A lot of folks are, too. ---I love my other basses, too, and they do get occasional usage, but when I'm in an unfamiliar situation, I don't want to be playing a bass that sounds great on some things and not others. Plus I have no idea if they're going to go right into another song or not, so I need to stick to one bass as much as possible. And all my other basses sound great on some things and not others except my Fenders. ---People who hate Fenders are fond of saying everyone who plays one sounds the same. You mean like Jaco and Larry Graham? Or James Jamerson and Mike Dirnt? Yeah, OK.