Hi Hope this isn't too much Long time guitarist here who after all these years finds himself thrust into the role of bass player in a large party jam group and smaller low end wedding band I am addicted to gear (about 30 guitars, a whole wall of pedals and multi effects, bunch of amps, bunch of synths, studio gear etc etc) and am a sucker for deals and discounts. About 20 years ago, Ash had a MIM purple Jazz bass for a really low price (~$125). Figured it was a closeout of some sort (color?) and back then I never left a store without buying something so it came home with me. I fooled around on it for a few days (those strings are THICK and waaaayyyy far apart). Sat in the studio for a couple of decades as I used the synths for bass on the tapes/CD's I would make for fun. When we recently found out that our beloved bassist couldn't make it for awhile, they asked me to fill in. Figured it would be a futile attempt but heck, as a New York Mets and Jets fan, I am well versed in futility. So I take the bass out and have the neck straightened and give it a try and found that this darned thing is a blast to play. Picked up a GT-1B but I'm leaving that in the home studio. Also fun to play. I found an old ME-8B in the basement later. Must have been another close out awhile ago. I play EG with a looper at a local open mic so now I am considering just bringing the bass for solo looper/improv thing one night (saw Percy Jones do that for Brand X and it blew me away). All those acoustic guys look at me weird anyway so why not? Obviously a totally different discipline than guitar (improv in a jazz rock setting is my passion) and it takes a lot of concentration to hold down a steady bottom but what fun. I know that I will never be a Clarke, Wooten or Squire, or even a Tim Bogert (earliest bass hero from my generation's youth) but I am getting there, kinda. I found this board and peruse it daily now so I thought I would sign in. Excellent site.