What about hollow body style basses and how they can be used in different musical styles? I am mainly looking at Gretsch 5123 or Broadkaster but Epiphone Rumblekat and Jack Casady could also be of interest. (I am aware that they are quite different in terms of scale, body design etc.) Selection of basses on display in MI shops is poor in Sweden and I have not had the chance to play one yet. In fact I might have to order one before playing it first. My question is if they are kind of one trick ponies or not? I saw Ed Friedland review the Eastwood clone and that bass seemed somewhat limited to me, tone wise. I know the above Gretsches and Epiphones can sound big, thumpy and "dead" but is it also possible to have a more solid body Fender like sustain and "envelope"/"decay"? By the way - what about dead spots on these basses? And how do they work in a band with a loud-ish drummer and half stacks (on a leash)? Is it a tone that cuts and works well not only for Motown? I realize these basses are not intended for metal SPL but can they be used to play CCR, Stones and ZZ top etc live without feeding back? Today I play Precision or Jazz (five string) through one or two Ampeg SVT-410HLF powered by either LMII or Pre/power amp. Clean, thick and deep tone. Thanks in advance!