My second gig with a heavy cover band last night (Rage Against the Machine, Queens of the Stoneage, Sublime, RHCP, etc). It was the first time I pulled out the '85 three-knob Stingray for a gig in a couple years... my oh my I forgot how much those basses have under the hood. It really is like driving a muscle car. After gigging mostly with a P bass and a Jazz bass for my go-to instruments I decided to go for the appropriate tone to play the RHCP's version of Higher Ground at the beginning of the second set, and kept it close for the rest of the gig. I came close to listing it here on Talkbass a few times, but after last night it is going to remain in the stable. Otherwise it would be an addition to a future "What Basses do You Regret Selling" thread. This may sound a bit shallow, but one of the main reasons I haven't been using it is because it's one of the only basses in my stable of 12 that has a rosewood board, and I've had a tough time seeing the side marker dots, it really has screwed me up at times depending on the stage lighting. This time around I took pieces of fluorescent clothing tag sticker and stuck them to the side of the board... perfect... until a few of them slid off while playing, but I'll find a more workable solution. Long story short, that bass is a keeper! One other thing I noticed... that instrument does have the weak D and G strings, and I recall a thread here on TB years ago someone suggested using flats and it worked perfectly. I completely forgot all about that and switched back to an extra set of rounds I had in my box, and noticed once again the significant drop in signal from those two strings. Very interesting. The flats really are a solution.