I've been wanting to try a fiver, but really didn't want to spend a lot of money. Nothing amusing turned up locally in my price range used, so I started looking at really inexpensive new basses. I prefer single humbuckers, which was really proving to be limiting. So, tonight after work I took a drive over to Scam Cash to check out: (bovinehost, avert your eyes, please...) The idea of an elm body seems a little odd to me, but it plays nicely and is put together quite well for a $209 bass. It followed me home. My biggest concern is that I'll really grow to like fivers and quit playing all my favorite fours! I'm thinking about ginning together a G&L L-1000 type passive tone circuit, since I think I want to replace what I'm sure are really crappy pots and wiring. Also, I wonder if I can rig up coil switching while I'm in there. Anyone ever tried a "real" MM SR5 pickguard on one of these? If all goes well, I'll feel a little more confident pursuing my ideas for a killer Warmoth Gecko (matte finish swamp ash body with a wenge/wenge neck). It seemed kinda silly making that kind of investment blind... thus the OLP as a testing mule.