Well, I think so -- others will not I'm sure. It isn't because i want to pretend I have a Fender -- I have three. It's not because I want to feel I can afford a better instrument -- I own some very expensive ones. It's not because I would try and sell it as a Fender -- that's just wrong. It's because I really like the Squier J Deluxe and would prefer to use it on certain jobs and recordings ...HOWEVER...there is a stigma about using what some may consider a "hobbyists" instrument. That can put 2 strikes against you from the start. They see that "Squier" and they get nervous. They see Fender and they're secure. Yeah, yeah, I let my playing speak for me. And I actually think it's kinda cool that I can make a $300 instrument sound better than a lot of $3000 instruments. But heaven forbid, if something goes wrong, people will assume it's because you're using a cheap entry level bass. If it's a Fender -- sorry guys, I have a short. And no one would blame me. Call it justification -- I call it business. And oh yeah, you won;t believe how many compliments I get on my sound when using that bass. Totally stock. It really is something special.