i stopped in to see a buddy of mine at local store, and i noticed that they had a variaxe hanging on the wall. i finally had to play it, and suprise, suprise, it played really great. i was really shocked by the playabillity of that bass. it just felt solid. the action was awesome. now i've never played any super high end botique basses but i will say that it played better than any american fender, musicman, cirrus, or spector i've ever held in my hands. i never thought that i would be too crazy about the line 6 bass. i thought it would be a cheap bass with advanced electronics. definately not so. i was so impressed at that point i had to put the bass down lest i spend my bill money and really get in hot water with the old lady. bottom line, even if it only had 1 great sound it's still a hell of a bass.