I wanted to start a tangent thread on this subject as I didn't want to pollute what is a pretty interesting thread... Anyhow, I was reading the thread on "Jaw Dropping Basses", and while I love the look of some of those beasts, whether they have amazing paint jobs, exotic woods/grains or ornate shapes. It got me thinking.. What if you ordered one of these basses, and when you started playing it, either a) you ended up not liking the sound/playability of it; or b) you realized your existing P/J/MM/whatever sounded exactly the same/better. I'm not flaming those that purchase boutique basses or the boutiques themselves, and I love that there is a market for them. But has anybody had either of the above experiences? If you replaced your vendor with "ACME bass" that would be ok.