Most of you know that I just picked up the bass in Feb of '09 after playing 6 string guitars off and on for 40+ years. I've learned more about the bass in here than I could put a price on, and this is just another one of those learning opportunities. I watch as many concerts I can through the internet and Directv. I would guesstimate that about 75% of the bassists I see are using some type of Fender. Now I know that preference, as far as bass guitars are concerned, is different for everyone as it is with automobiles. We could debate the pros and cons of cars all day and never get out of the driveway. So personal preference set aside, what do you think is the attraction and popularity of the Fender bass is? 1. Availability? 2. Price? 3. Prestige? 4. Buying and playing the 'name'? 5. Overall better quality and playability?