Earlier this year I bought a brand new Sunburst Made in Mexico Fender American Standard Fretless jazz bass from a guy who needed to unload it quickly on Craigslist for $300. The first thing that surprised me was how good it felt, and I remember hearing from friends how some of the MIM Fenders are just as good If not better than the American ones (I had a healthy dose of skepticism). I had the neck refinished, put on a Badass Bridge II, vintage tortoise shell pickguard, Seymour Duncan Vintage Jazz pickups, and Pyramid Flatwounds. For a total of $700 I put together one of the smoothest basses I have ever played. My point? I've seen a lot of hard-ass talk about how crappy these basses are and wanted to let people know that it's about the feel of a particular bass that matters. If you find something that feels good and you think It warrants a bit of work put into it- do it. I've tried plenty of excellent and really expensive basses that for whatever reason did'nt feel or sound right FOR ME (and since I live 10 blocks from the Sadowsky factory and can afford one I'm not talking out my ass). Learn a little about different Instruments, play several, and get many opinions. In the end, It's going to be (or SHOULD be) what you feel is right for you. p.s. That was'nt a dig at Sadowsky for anyone who is getting ready to jump on the defensive.