Good question... I play mostly grunge, I look for a nice rock tone, my favourite tone can be heard in the song 'lounge act' from Nirvana. I already have a Pbass MIJ 57'RI squier serie from 82' and a jazz bass deluxe MIM which are run into a Mesa Boogie M2000. So I can't affort a Gibson, I really like the look, I tried one last week, it sounded nice not very versatile i think but I didn't play it as I wanted. The neck of the epiphone is a bit larger, but playable... So do I need one ?