I've been reading for years on this board that this bass sucks, that bass sounds like *bleep*, I don't "get" how anyone would like this bass, and even I HATE this bass. How can you hate a bass? It's like hating a puppy. It's like hating a bright orange sunset. It's like hating a nice cold drink on a summer day. I really can't think of a bass I've picked up that I didn't get enjoyment from playing. If it sounds different, I think that's interesting and fun to play around with. If the feel of the neck, or string spacing, or other ergonomics are not to my liking, I look at it the same way as putting on a shoe that is the wrong size for me. I don't hate the shoe, and I know someone else will fit in it just fine. I don't curse the company that made the shoe, and I don't call into question the judgement of the people who do wear that shoe. Of course I have my preferences, but picking up an inexpensive bass to see what it's got is fun. Looking over an expensive custom made bass to see the workmanship and interesting woods is fun. Finding an old bass with "history" is fun. I just don't get why anyone would hate any of these instruments. They are too much fun to pick up and play!