As a follow-up to "all you need is a P-bass," or the do-you-need-a-traditional-bass conundrum, a related question for the masses. Do you think a Music Man qualify as a "traditional" bass for those gigs that call for it. I gigged a Sterling for a number of years in a bebop quartet of all things (doubling on upright) and it worked though I'd say it probably wasn't typical. Sonically it isn't a P or a J, but I found I could cop some usable tones. From a visual standpoint, since it has a pick guard and painted finish on first blush it looks Fenderish to the audience. Some might argue that at this point in bass history the MM is one of the traditional instruments along with a P and a J but I think he Fender hegemony still reigns.