I've always liked the look and sound of Gibson basses (especially the Thunderbird IVs) but I've noticed most of the great bassists out there play different brands. Being that Gibson is one of the finer guitar companies, I was just curious if their basses weren't up to par with their guitars or if they are as much as their website cracks them up to be. Also, another quick question. When I play slap bass, the E, A, & G strings all slap and pop just fine, but the D seems to be a little different. I have to put a little bit more force behind my slap and/or pop on that string. Any suggestions?