It's kind of like when you were an only child, and all of a sudden, there's a new baby in the house.... Well, about 2 weeks ago, I got my Whale Pool Blue burst Dingwall Afterburner 1 bass...2 days after getting it, I brought it and used it for practice. Our keyboard player and drummer thought it was stunning and that it sounded killer. Even our singer noticed it right away, and she doesn't tend to notice that kind of stuff. Our guitar player on the other hand, won't acknowledge it's existence. At all. He won't look at it, come over to the side of the practice room where I'm playing, and when everyone else commented, he turned his back to his amp and fiddled with it uncomfortably. That night, we played out, and once again, people were freaking out. People in the audience were not only coming up to comment on it, but also on how great it sounded. The sound guy was in full meltdown mode about how great it is. Not our guitarist. He stayed on his side of the stage, and frowned, with his brownburst Warmoth strat in hand. He acted grumpy all nite long and wouldn't say a single word to me (keep in mind he's in his mid-40's, not 14). Then last night, we were talking on the phone, and he specifically told me he thought I shouldn't play it. He told me that it has awful tone and, straight out, that the finish was um, ugly. He said that my PRS had so much better tone that it wasn't even close. Hmmmm. I told him the PRS had as much negative about it's sound as good and left it at that. On the finish thing, it doesn't surprise me, since he's of the black or sunburst only school of color, AND if it's designed after 1962, then he hates the style (almost makes me wish I got a Bongo). He hates my Midnight Blue MIA Jazz bass too, even though it sounds great with its fralins. Now, my housemate tells me his guitarist is the same way, and asked if he was an only child (he is)...and he called this GUITARIST-ONLY-CHILD-SYNDROME.