I own a Yamaha RBX170, an RBX5 A2, and a Squier VM jazz. I've played American Fenders, high end Schecters, Ibanez, and many others in stores. Although almost any other bass sounds better, I've come to realize that my entry level Yamaha plays and feels much better to me than any other bass I've used. Perfect action, smooth fast neck, comfortable light body, you name it. The only reason I don't upgrade all the electronics to make it sound decent is because the neck is pretty warped, and I think it's getting worse as time goes on. I'm seriously thinking of selling my other basses to buy a new 170 and hope for a good neck, then gut the electronics and buy some higher end things. I like it that much. Does anyone else feel similarly about their beginner level bass? Has anyone else found a gem in the bottom end of the bass spectrum and use that as their main bass? Or am I just crazy? Edit: I realize I'm probably going to get 10,000+ SX replies to this. I'm more interested in cheap basses that are peoples' number one bass, upgraded or not. The one that you'd save from a burning building if you had to choose.