I made a thread a few months back about how suddenly, after years of being a hater (and with good reason), I had finally warmed up to the Ibanez SR series basses. A few months after that I made a thread about how a SR Premium completely wowed me at GC. And today I tried a BTB that was just fantastic in just about every way. I was never interested in the BTBs before because I think they look lame and that hasn't changed but apparently I've been missing out on a pretty sweet line of basses. Admittedly, watching Adam Neely's (havic5 here and on Youtube) vids had me a bit curious because, prior to seeing him, I'd never heard a BTB really sound GREAT, but I'm sure he could make any bass sing. I might've tried one before but I don't even remember it which probably means it sounded meh. But today I tried out a BTB 5er and it was just awesome. Cheaper basses with humbuckers usually turn me off pretty quick but this thing hit me in all the right places. I won't lie, it still had a certain dullness to it that I've come across in a lot of basses with soapbars but I feel that could probably be remedied with some different or newer strings in this case. Also the preamp felt pretty weak but I didn't even need to play with it to make that bass sound like a million bucks. So right on, Ibanez. Right on. Again, I'll probably never own one because I couldn't own a bass I don't like to look at but the thing had everything else down pat.