I've played plenty of basses that I have nothing but praise for: one particular boutique bass built by a friend of mine (Pierre Giguere) is nothing short of amazing. All the bells and whistles, beautiful koa top, 28 frets, etc. But after a while, like the Queen song goes, their beauty become kinda smooth: I've had a lot of near flawless basses, yet, when I sold all my stuff a few years back, I kept the most finnicky/ugliest bass known to man (Dan Armstrong reissue, who looks like a short, unloved fat girl) since I had an emotional attachement to it. It was my first real bass and the one I want my kids to learn on if they ever want to play. Things I love: - I've palyed it so much it has become an extension of my body on good days. - Has a good solid rock tone. Things I hate: - One trick pony: not a lot of sonic diversity. - A bitch to setup.