To the Group - I hope you get a kick out of reading this little tale bacause I am DEFINITELY getting a kick out of living it! Bought my Fender MIM Jazz last December and am enjoying the world of bass -- progressing nicely and getting halfway decent. Like most of us, I got attacked by a severe case of GAS so I decided to do something about it. In a BIG way! * First thing I did was break down and buy a Fender Aerodyne! I fell in love with it when I first saw it last October but didn't want to pony up the bucks to buy a brand new one. Turns out, "FatDog" from TB had one to sell and we did the deal. Why did I buy it? Besides the fact that it looks like a Porsche with strings, I am really interested in exploring the P/J PU configuration and I like the feel of the contoured body. She's one sexy lady! * Second thing I did was buy (from EvilBay) a Washburn Acoustic - Fretless! I have been intrigued by AEB's from the very beginning but I didn't really "get" the concept. I went out and test-drove a few and I'm in love with tone and feel of the things! I am not expecting it to be giggable without amplification but even amped, it has a totally different sound. I also wanted to try my hand in the fretless world (as a former trombone player, a microtonal intrument is something that is very comfortable to me) and for what I paid, this ought to be an excellent way to do so. * Third thing I did was to "spruce up" my MIM Jazz. She has treated me well so far and I didn't want her to feel neglected so I had a new pickguard custom-made. it will be the same color as the headstock with a little more emphasis on the woodgrain. (The attached image is PhotoChopped -- I'll have an actual picture next week.) I've never seen one quite like this but I expect it to be a classy look while being different. * Last thing I did was to reconfigure/consolidate my Amp/cab configuration. Since I got started, I've bought some gear and "come into" some other gear -- it was all getting unwieldy for my practice space. I got rid of the Hartke 2000 head (The fan was driving me crazy with the noise!!!), I got rid of the Ampeg PB110 Cab (Cute but no b*lls), and I got rid of the Peavey 410B (Old with muddy tone.) Traded it all in on a Yorkville XM200. Great sound, compact, reasonably powerful -- AND it can drive an outboard 4 Ohm cab if/when I decide to buy one. So, that's my tale. I have found GAS relief -- at least for the short term!