This is gonna sound nutty, but here goes: I am a blues player, kinda picky about tone, play a Fender Precision and generally don't hear bass tones that I am impressed with too often - but it *does* happen. That being said.... Last night after my band rehearsal I adjourned to a local drinking establishment to hear a bluegrass band and drink a beer. The bluegrass band wasn't there, but some kinda lame country rock band was <groan>.... Their bass player, however, was using (what looked to me like) one of those recent cheapie Danelectro 4 string electrics through a dinky little Peavey combo amp. He was DI'ed out to the board and the tone on that bass sounded terrific. Now, I have played this club myself and their sound system ain't too hot, so it wasn't that - it hadda be the bass. But is this possible? I mean, I don't even see their stuff when I go into stores - I don't even consider buying it. But SHEESH that bass sounded great! Am I out of my mind? I'd never, ever heard one of these played live before last night. Am I crazy?