the new "maple vs. rosewood"? Not for nothing, but do you REALLY need help choosing a color or a particular bass in general? Can you not make up your mind what you think is a quality instrument? Sure, bits of advice here and there are fine, in re: to pups or wood choices, but geez, I see this thread title come up so much lately, for kinda frivolous things really, and frankly I can't stand it....sorry, just being honest here. If you are having a hard time choosing between a Stingray or a Spector, wow.... I wish I had that "problem".... you know what I'm saying? Make up your own mind. Is it fear of buyers remorse, or does there really need to be this much hand-holding going on with the process of buying an instrument? Do you do everything in your life and make all your choices by committee? What ever happenned to the good old days when you actually made an effort to go to a store and try out an actual instrument? If GC is your only choice, and they have an instrument you're serious in, tell them you want it set up how you like it to make sure. If you are serious about buying it, they should, no question. In these days of internet shopping, I'm wholly surprised how many people are actually willing to shoot the works on an instrument they've never even played. Sure you have return policies, but the hassle, to me, outweighs the benefits. Is it idle chatter that spawns these threads? Is it alot of daydreaming? It just gets really tired, and much in the way of there being an access to actual information on this site.