I was watching Stu Hamm on a video recently where he told the story of him turning up at a studio to do a recording. He brought his Alembic along. The producer saw the Alembic and said "Great looking bass, I'm sure it sounds great too - but can you go home and bring a P-Bass because that will at least look the part". I have two Fenders: An Am Deluxe Jazz and an Am Std P. In all honesty, I bought both of them because they are must-haves that are jointly responsible for the vast majority of recorded music over the last 50 years. How many of you own Fenders simply because your audiences or producers expect it?