A true story: One of my local music stores went out-of-business this weekend and to get rid of as much merchandise as they could before the move, they had a big sale -- up to 70% off. I looked at some knockoff Fender basses (Excaliber brand) and a Fernandes 4-string. A few of my favorite players use or used to use Fernandes basses or guitars, so I gave it a look. The thing was about $1200 marked down to $700, it had a red quilt finish and gold hardware. The tuners were tarnished and some of the "gold" was rubbed away. In the little pocket were you would adjust the truss rod (at the joint were the neck met the body), the clear finish was bubbled and orange-peeled. I was very disappointed in the overall craftsmanship of this bass, especially for the price. The Excalibers were nothing special by any stretch either, but at least they were cheap. The Fernandes was, IMO, an overpriced piece o' sh*t. Comments?