No matter how much you play it, it just doesn't "do" it for you? There is a thread here on TB about hollow/semihollow body basses. Someone posted a pix of an Ibanez Artcore ASB140 that I thought wow, thats a great looking bass. I went to the Musician's Friend website & it said "in stock". I ordered it, only to get an EMail saying sorry but they were out of stock & it was a discontinued item. During their warehouse change recently, they must have come across one, brand new, in the box cuz I got another email telling me it shipped. It arrived, absolutely beautiful, but tone, for all practical purposes, there is none. I put a set of D'Addario rounds on it, still sounds flat & dead, then some Fender Flats, same deal. Too bad, it's such a beautiful instrument, for a "fake" hollowbody because the sides just seem to be routed out, not a true semi like the Lakland. I pull it out of it's box (don't have a case for it yet) daily & hope that maybe the bass fairy came overnight & touched it with her magic wand & made it sound really, really nice, but nope, same great looking, lousy sounding PoS as yesterday.