I recently bought a 6-string bass just to play around with. I did not want to spend a lot of money on it since it would not be used that much. I ended up gettig a Dean Edge Q 6. For under $550, this is great bass. It came stock with EMG-HZ pickups and pre-amp, it has a 5-piece bolt-on neck (Maple and Walnut) with twin truss rods (yep, I said two). The finish is beautiful (as you can see) and the sound and playablity is much better then I thought it would be for that price. I also must say the balance is perfect for a 6-string. My main basses are a Alembic Distillate and 2 Carvin B5's. But this Dean has made me a believer in their instruments! So are there any other Dean players out there and what are your comments?