To the group - I was browsing my friendly neighborhood music store today (Well, actually fiddling with the Fender Aerodyne that they have on display and feenin' for mine -- which should get here any day now, courtesy of Fatdog!) and I noticed an acoustic electric bass. I am curious -- why do people buy/play them? I know the standard answer -- "It has a different sound." I get that. But I'm curious ... * Do people buy them to play certain genres of music? (Jazz? Country? Folk?) * Do people buy them because they're light and easy to take to gigs/practice? * Do people buy them so they can play "outside 'round the campfire"/"on the front porch?" * Is it an "MTV Unplugged" kinda vibe? I'm just curious -- some of them are very beautiful instruments .. with a totally different "aesthetic" than Electrics. I am intrigued about the possible "practical" applications of this particular breed of cat and I'm curious how people are using them Please chime in with your thoughts/opinions!