As is the case with most guitars, I believe the neck-through design was as much of an experiment as anything else. The question is, does the fact that it requires more attention to design make it better...or just different? Personally, I find they tend to have more tone, but almost "too much" sustain. Then again, Ricks aren't very "sustain-y". But that's a neck glued to 2 side pieces of wood. It's funny how all the variables change things. Bolt-on basses are cheaper, but tend to sound chunkier. The same goes for guitar. Neck throughs feel heavy and stiff but some guys love the solidity. Joey Fodera makes some of the most beautiful neck-through designs on the planet -- yet he prefers a bolt on himself. So, what's your take? Yay or nay, or...no preference?