I've owned a variety of basses throughout the years, but I'd say most of my playing can be broken down into two "eras". Jazz bass era and Alembic era. For about a solid ten year period all I played were jazz basses. I had a 72 jazz and a 64 jazz. Eventually I was able to afford the instrument I always wanted, which was an Alembic, and I ended up with several Alembics..all bought used. Long story short, jazz basses got sold because I thought i was done with them, and being vintage instruments they had issues I got tired of dealing with, and the various Alembics got sold also so in the end i was left with one, a signature deluxe. I love that bass, but looking at its replacement cost these days, Im realizing I probably wouldn't be able to afford another one should something happen, so have spent the past year or so thinking about getting a new bass to play out with. I Ended up going the Jazz bass route again...could have bought anything I guess, but I didn't want to deal with purchasing something sight unseen that I've never played before so stuck with the choices that were at the local music store. It's an American Elite, so while not cheap, it's still not a 10,000 dollar bass that Id be taking out. (10k appears to be the replacement cost..I got mine for under 6k back in 2007).