Very often young or beginning players come to this forum and ask us to recommend a good bass for around $400 or less. It certainly seems that a great number of players keep recommending the MIM Fender Jazz, which I will admit is a pretty decent entry level bass. I've done some research myself and am always looking at new instruments all the time so my recommendation has been the Godin SD, which quite frankly, is a heck of a lot more than an entry level instrument, but the price is only slightly more. Since I live in Canada, I don't know what US buyers would pay, but the Canadian price converts to around $385 which is only slightly more then the Fender. I guess my question is, are you all quite familiar with the Godin SD, or do you just sort of pass over my recommendation because you don't know whether it's a good bass or not? I haven't had too many people say, "Yeah Rob, that's a great bass. I don't know why anyone could consider anything else in that price range", nor have I had the opposite, "Gee, that's a terrible bass!". There has been pretty much no reaction. Who here has played one objectively? I own 5 instruments from Godin, and not one of them has any element of crappiness. They are all superbly crafted and very consistent in quality. The materails and hardware are also top notch. Besides they are made In Canada and the US, not in Mexico or the Orient where working conditions aren't always the most favourable to the worker. If you haven't played one you can check out the specs here: http://www.godinguitars.com/godinsdbassspecsp.htm If you haven't played one, tell me that too. I just feel like I'm making a pretty honest assessment of what I feel to be by far the best buy out there, but am being met with blank stares. BTW, probably a big reason why a lot of you don't know much about Godin is that they spend next to nothing on advertising. Why do you think they can sell such great instruments for so little money?