Well i got bored today and so I thought I'd go out and try some basses. The three I tried were a stingray, a bongo, and an MIA jazz. The MM stingray was by far my favorite out of the three. It was all black with a maple fretboard (my favorite combo) with the 3 band preamp. Well when i took it down i noticed right away the weight difference from that and my warwick (which i'm going to be selling at BassNW soon for that reason). After some fumbling around i got a great growly tone out of it and now understand what people are talking about when they say the stingray tone. Next was a MM HH bongo. This was my least favorite, i just couldn't get the right tone i was looking for with this. I think it may have been the # of tone controls being a little more than I like. But the feel of it was real nice and i loved the position of the pickups for fingerstyle. It played great just not the tone i like. Lastly was the Fender MIA Jazz. this was the same color as the stingray. I got a decent sound out of this too but not as good as the stingray IMO. It slapped real good and played great. The one annoying thing was that the tone knob cover was taken off so that just annoyed but no real bashing on fenders part. Overall the stingray was by far the best though. The agressive sound and slap-ability was great and just right for my style of playing. And as soon as i sell my Warwick I'll be buying that stingray 4 asap.