Greg Curbow gave me one of his Cort Retro basses when he got the first shipment in a couple of years ago and I've upgraded it a couple of times since. First, it got a fretjob to take care of a couple of high frets. So, it plays as well as any bass 5x its cost. Next, I swapped out the pickguard and trussrod cover with a matching set of mirrors. Recently, I finished the project with Armstrong lipstick pickups, a Hipshot Type A bridge, new CTS pots, and chrome UFO knobs with ebony tops. Dunlop straplocks and TI Powerbass strings complete the picture. She plays great, looks great, and sounds mean (those Armstrong pickups have some serious output). I guess it's not the bass for someone who wants to sink into the shadows... Basically, I dropped about $300 on parts and upgrades for a bass that can be bought new for under $275. It weighs all of about 7 lbs thanks to the compact agathis body. I used it before I set it up at a blues gig last week for four hours, and it was a blast. This bass should see a decent amount of playing time now. Which will be nice since I think of Greg every time I pick it up.