but I played a few basses, just to see what I like. Started off with an Ibanez 506 Then played a Warwick Corvette 5 with 2 HH pups in it. Then played a used MTD 535 fretless (#133) Then played a Stingray 5 HH then played a Warwick Thumb 5 fretted. I think out of all of these (fretted) the SR 506 felt and sounded the best. out of the fretless, the MTD was hands down the most serious piece of wood I've ever played 3rd place was the Thumb 5. I wasn't impressed at all with the 'Ray 5 . Not sure if the design has changed or if I played onw with certain options...but for me the 5 string neck was WAY too narrow. It was almost the same as the one on my 'Ray 4! I definately prefer my G&L L2500 over the 'Ray 5. I used to want to trade, but not any more...no way. With the Corvette, I had a similar issue, the neck was too narrow, but it sounded great! The SR 506, had a fantastic feel, and the Barts are awesome. Very solid, and a very good value. The Thumb was very compact and HEAVY for such a small body, but extremely comfortable. This was the 3rd time I played that MTD...too bad it won't fit under my jacket. I used a GK 700RB-II and a 1001RB-II Both are fantastic amps. Very LOUD. Seems that through a single GK 8x10...man, tear the house down!!! I would take either amp in a heartbeat.