To the Group - I have had an MTD Z bass and I hated it -- I could not get a tone I liked. To my ears, it was way too middy/honky/choked sounding. I sold it within a month. The trouble is, the Trans Cherry/Maple version of this bass makes my heart flutter every time I see it -- man what a beautiful bass!!! Is there anyone out there who has modded this bass (with better electronics) and come up with something that they like? Dr. Cheese said it best about this bass ... "The Z is like a fine woman who can't cook -- you love looking at her and touching her but you KNOW you can't marry her." Has anyone out there taught this particular fine lady how to cook?