Before I joined TB, I had owned a few 'high end' basses and a few newer production basses. However, my main players were always vintage Fenders. Since joining here, and meeting other TBers at GTGs and at various music shops, I've played alot of boutique gear. Through buying, selling and trading, I've held many fantasitc instruments in my hands. In the past, I never dis-liked boutique basses, but I never really considered them either. I just had something that worked for me. Now I split my time between vintage and boutique. I play electic jazz (smooth jazz) and find that alot of the newer builders are making basses that fit right in tonally. I do alot of soloing, so I dig alot of the features that are offered today. So, has TB changed anyone else's mind about gear choice? Please keep the conversation civil. The last thing we need is another ~VS~ thread.