But I'm embarrassed to play one. Right now I play a Ric and I love the sound, but I also love the look, and that fact that it's not often seen around here - I feel like I'm saying "I take myself seriously as a musician" I've always loved the sound of Jazz basses and I really want one of my own. But I'm afraid that going from a Ric to a jazz will make me look too normal, and not stand out at all. There are just so many jazz basses, no one is going to look at the headstock at a gig and know if it's a Fender or some wal-mart no name plywood bass. I know it's totally stupid and lame but I can't get past the hangup! If I find a good deal on a jazz bass I like I'll probably get it, and record with it, but I can't get over playing the Ric live (even though my Stingray, and even my cheap SX P/J, physically play much better). It IS about the sound, but the appeal of being seen with the Ric is a very close second. Does anyone else have this problem?