Before I go into this, I just want to say: This is an observation of my own self and not a call for hatred. Please read on before reacting... For whatever reason, I can't even bring myself to try out, let alone buy an Ibanez bass. And for the life of me, I don't know why. It may have started for me as a GC employee many years ago. Ibanez was frequently referred to as "I-Been-Had" and we as employees would mock them behind their backs. Maybe it was our hatred of the dreaded onslaught of GSR200's every holiday weekend "Super massive sellathon anniversary sale of the week" and having to set 45 of them up in the middle of the sales floor... Or the Ergodyne that smelled like chemical residue and always had electronics problems that made me dislike them... Maybe it was later in my years seeing every nu-metal, flavor of the weak band with its bass player flaunting some sort of Tribal-Painted SR-Something or other... Fieldy...? Somewhere, I was jaded about Ibanez and to this day, I still won't even give them the time of day. And personally, I find that sad! They are a huge name in the industry and you don't pump out that many units without doing something right. And as I look back at their offerings, I am reminded that there's a lot of good that they brought to the world of Bass; The Musician is a bass that I've never had the pleasure of trying, but looks to be exactly what I like in basses: Classy, well made, active EQ long before it was standard. The ATK is one that I have actually purchased for a friend. It's a koa topped, MM style bass for no money and it looks hot. The TR series of the mid 90s, if I recall correctly, was like a J Bass on whey protein. There was a top-end version that was played by the guy from Pennywise (one of the best punk rock bass players I've ever heard!) that was 3-band EQ and fat singles. So for no apparent reason, I just felt like I'd never own one. There were some SERIOUSLY hot basses that they made (Prestige, from Japan, specifically) that just made me want them, but when it all came down to it, I'd just say to myself: "Well, if I'm gonna spend THAT kind of money, I might as well get a ____________." I look at the specs and see that most of the stuff they made in their mid-upper level products had fantastic components, features that met or exceeded other makers' offerings at the same price, and weren't terrible looking. So someone... sell me on actually making an attempt with an Ibanez. Guide me to the ones that will change my mind... Or agree with me and admit that you have the same stigma and let's explore the WHY of it all.