I'm old, ancient and grey - I've always been keen on some of my basses and less keen on others, but I bought (because of a good deal) a Fender American Jazz 5 string, and it was never a favourite. Heavy and just unwilling to play happily with my usual lowish action - so I started to use it for live shows that were 60s/70s rock and roll, where the ability to pay hard with the higher action worked. Then I saw the coloured fluorescent strings, and with the LED lighting they looked great, so for the first time in my life, I replaced a perfectly good set of strings with another. Never bought any bass strings before! They were a bit duller, but I got taken by the look in the pictures people would post on facebook. Last week, the stand collapsed and it smashed face down on the floor, and just broke the jack socket - bent it out of shape. I played the gig on my spare which was the 'retired' low action, comfy to play one. After the gig the keys player said the bass sounded much better, then our sound guy came and said the same thing. They think I should play the spare permanently. In my heart I know they're right, but I like the look of the Fender. Putting coloured strings on the spare is pointless, it will spoil the tone, I know. To musicians, the best sound is priority but to the public, is a pretty guitar better ...... enough. I'm expecting you all to say dump the colours, scrap the Fender and play the better bass, but something just makes me want to remain being stupid. I know I'm being irrational, and possibly it's just old man syndrome - but the Fender's just a pretty guitar with the silly strings. Ironically, we're a tribute band, and the bandleaders brother was in the original band, and he said the other day he'd seen an idiot with coloured bass strings in a tribute picture on the net, and our bandleader had to reveal it was me - which makes me even more determined to keep them! So - stay with the silly colours, or have a better playing experience and better tone?