1. Those of us who have "wasted" thousands on beautiful, custom, hand made instruments which we consider objects of joy; be kind; life has a learning curve. We were young once, too. My first bass (a "zim-gar" thank you) was the best bass ever... until I graduated to my next (a Hagstrom!) It can take years to train one's ears. 2. If you can't be kind... at least be funny. 3. Most classic rock recordings made in the '50's, '60's, and '70's were made with Fender Precision basses. There is a reason for this! And if (in 2018) your band covers these oldies; you'll probably want to be playing a bass which has an old p-bass sound. Your "tool kit" should contain more than just a hammer, of course. But if you play rock and roll music in public; then IMHO the p-bass is your "hammer." 4. That being said; I've backed a trio (where I want a big fat wall-of-sound to fill in where the guitar isn't); but backing a larger group works best with a different "narrower" sound to "punch through" the mix. In 2018 one can do this with active electronics and modeling; but some basses are just better for some music. (Maybe a better bassist could make one bass sound great on everything; I speak for me.) 5. That being said, about 15 yrs ago, I saw a new-fangled "squire" bass which claimed to be "hand crafted" (in a large communist dictatorship in Asia); it was hanging on the wall in the former Manny's in NYC. For about a hundred bucks, it played like "butter" and I declared, I'll take it! The bass in the box the salesperson fetched from the warehouse, however, felt like garbage to me; as did the next several. Finally, I bought the actual display bass from the wall (which was probably hand-selected from hundreds in the shipment). Of course, replacing the hardware cost more than the entire original bass... but my band-mates would be upset if I played a cheap bass which malfunctioned in the middle of a gig; so that's really not an option. My band, the bar owner, (etc.) really don't care if I "like" my bass or if it was a good deal; they only care that I do my "job." 6. So I say "bravo" to all who think their $100 bass is the best in the world; may you live to look back at your own post one day and have a chuckle!