I went to Mars to check out 8 track recorders and sauntered over into their bass "section". This guy was trying out Cort Curbows, when he asked if I was a good bass player. I said that I was alright, so he asked if I'd try it out for him. I know that there are those who like these things, but let's be honest, THESE THINGS ARE PIECES OF FECES! It had a static type thing happening, so I grabbed another one, and it too had it. I plugged into another amp with another chord. Hello Mr. Static! So I tried a Cort fretless, and the tone was clean, so it was the basses. The knobs on all of the CC's were loose, and the electronics shook and rattled around inside the cavity. Guys, let's get real, these things are truly unacceptable! You can shake a Conklin GT, and it's electronics don't rattle! Modulus and Mike Lull have what they call "shop dogs", and even though the basses are in excellent condition, they won't release them to the public, because the 'burst pattern might be slightly off, or something just as minor. In other words: THEY GIVE A DAMN!!! Even though Greg's a friend, I can't help but wonder, how in the f#%k did he allow his name to be put on these basses?! Kingston, Heirs, Skylines, and even some MIM Fenders are "econo" jobs, but at least they good basses. Affordable shouldn't mean garbage basses. This borders on a rip off. In the end, I talked the guy into buying a MIM Fender Dlx 5. Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be getting off of my soapbox now.