..old, worn-out, abused beginner level cheap basses have that 'something'? It's everytime I have changed school, there has been some cheap-ass banged-to-the-floor-and-abused-the-hell-outta-it style bass like worn-out 80's Yamaha BB or something waiting for me at the new school, and when you plug it in to that ancient 80w 1x15" combo that stands at the corner it sounds well not excatly a Fodera but it still has definite groovy sound in it that's enough to drive the whole building up the interstate and way to the next county? What makes it? The roundwound nickles last changed 10 years ago? The endless stream of students plucking on it? The thousands of hours of playing it has seen? The cracked paint and missing knobs? What? I don't know, but I'd buy one of these basses any time.