I see ads for high end basses that look a lot like a Fender Jazz or Precision. Some of these basses cost quite a bit more than a Fender Am Std (or, whatever Fender calls their standard American made guitars now). I have never played one of these basses. Are they worth it or is it better to just get a Fender? As for me, I really like my Am Std P-Bass and don't see the need to get a higher end version at this time. I don't need a Fender Custom shop either. I also like other style basses. If I would buy another brand bass I would probably go for something more original like a Thunderbird or a Warwick. Also really like what I see in the Tiescobird thread. Teiscobird project No doubt, some folks will have something to say about this but take it easy, we all like what we like and that is okay.