I love the funky vibe and look of Fender basses. I love the solid tank like construction, and simple layout of controls. I like the solid and meaty necks on most Fender basses, particulalry the older ones. I love the fact that you can get maple boards without a lot of fuss. The fender tone is great and shows how much you can do with passive equipment. The tonal variety on a Jazz bass is incredible. For the price a MIM Jazz can't be beat. But.... I hate those giant chuncky block heels. The 22 fret necks frustrate me. DEADSPOTS! For some strange reason fender necks feel like they have a longer scale to me. I know its not really true but I seem to feel like the notes are just farther apart. I've also never really played a Fender whose action blew me away. WEIGHT! Poor balance. Once you start getting into the upper end price range of the fender line I don't really want to have to deal with these issues. I don't want to pay $1500 to $2000 to have to contend with the bulky heel, and the chance that there will be a deadspot. So many luthiers are out there demonstrating that you can have a bolt on neck with out limiting access to the upper register, but Fender will never change their products to fit that trend. I have problems with repetetive motion injuries, and I have injuries that I sustained on each shoulder from playing sports. Playability and balance are crucial to me. Fender just doesn't seem to offer that. Fenders! I love em! I hate em!