That's the Q. More details below but for quick readers: Do you prefer one neck type over the other? Not so much tone but more of a repair question. I've never had to replace a neck, or get a truss rod fixed, etc... Is there a preference on that? Seems like removing the fretboard would be the same deal either way. Watched vids of removing neck warp, etc.. I assume you're in about the same boat repair wise either way (unless there was a catastrophic neck failure or something). ::More in depth info:: So I'm looking at getting another bass. I have an ESP 35" with BEAD tuning (thick strings) but I'd like to also have a 4 string regular tuning and shorter neck (and thinner). (Mine has a fairly thick neck too). I like my current bass a lot just want something easier to play/practice (Mine's great for growl and whatnot but due to length and strings it's better for slower/heavier stuff). I think I've narrowed it down to two basses. I don't want to get into a 'get a Sire' thread so I won't name the companies. I also don't want to get into prices, etc... They are both same price range (within $25). Funny thing is the second one I hadn't ever really thought about, but noticed something funny. Both : Same country of origin. Both : VERY similar body shape and edge bevels (one has slightly more rounded horns and possibly a little fatter bottom (more rounded shape under controls) Both : Same colored/shape/style hardware (I am convinced they ARE the same parts) Both : basically same PUps. (One two Humbuckers - brand own name but..., One has identical looking EMG bridge PU, but jazz top PU.) Controls same (b,m,t - fade and volume) Both : 5 piece neck Main differences: One Neck through, One bolt on. Battery cavity in different spots. Control cavity very similar (probably exact) Headstocks: Same basic shape (more on this later) but one is a bit wavy in one spot. Tuners are mounted exactly the same. So I imagine it's one of those manufacturing deals. One 'No Brand Company' makes them both. But each 'Name Brand' chooses body shape or helps them design it. But each has agreement that nobody else can use their choice. (ie: one pointy horns, one rounded. One neck through, one bolt on. Each has different paint job/color scheme. One has wavy headstock, one is straight). I doesn't surprise me, Giant bicycle company had made MANY 'name brand' bikes for years. Eventually they started their own line, and when they did everyone was like 'WhoTheF' is Giant? They probably suck. Lol. But they loved all the other name brands (that were made BY Giant). ------------ So mainly I think it comes down to neck style and finishes. Neck either way, I don't know. No preference I guess. Also the Pickups, I like the humbucker styles, haven't (and won't get to play the other- humbucker/jazz combo ) They both have sweet finishes, that's a hard choice. Really they are almost the exact same Bass other than a few small changes.