View attachment 2978355 View attachment 2978356 I just swapped out the bridge on my 2002 MIM Fender Jazz for a Fender Hi Mass Badass bridge. Complete disclosure, I loved the way it looked and that hooked me in. Yes, I did read the forums about the sonic differences which ranged from "Psycho sustain" to "meh..." to "absolutely no discernible difference", but I just loved the look versus the plain bent metal plate. OK, so I install, do intonations (they were almost bang on right out of the package) and play...I was totally enthralled by the perceived difference in everything from slightly higher action (which I actually like), to, yes, seemingly more sustain and perhaps a slightly more aggressive tone. My question is, am I reacting to how cool I think it looks or is there a legit beneficial difference? Furthermore, when we mod something for purely aesthetic reasons, does our mind trick us into thinking it sounds better? Kind of like when you get a car wash, for some reason, it seems that the car runs better despite absolutely no mechanical alterations having been done. Lastly, does a cooler looking bass make you want to play better? Could that be part of the equation?