I don't know if any of you own or have played a Guild (or is it DeArmond?) Ashbory bass, but if you do/have, I'm wondering if it is possible to do slapping and popping on one, given the fact of its rubber/silicon strings. I'm trying to see how versatile the Ashbory is before possibly shelling out about $500 for one. I guess I'd like to know if it is safe to have as your main bass. Unfortunately, I may soon have to sell my Fender Jazz <:-( due to my financial situation, and the Ashbory *seems* like a good value for the money. Info would be greatly appreciated.