I went to sound control today and I played a few high end basses. I was very dissapointed with 2 of them in particular: first the gibson thunderbird, it had a strap button on the back of the body(good for getting rid of neck dive) however the rest of the bass seemed pretty mediocore, the pickups were boomy, and the it was hard to get much treble out of it. the finish was terrible, i prefered the far cheaper epiphone one. and more importantly you could access up to about the 15th fret. Second is the Line 6 Variax, i was totally amazed by the adverts and the sound clips on the line 6 site, however in this case it was totally differant, there wasent much differance between the vintage jazz and the classic jazz. and the rest of them apart from the synth bass. the bass itself didnt feel quite right either, the thumbrest got thinner in the middle for some reason Im not sure if it is actually because these basses arnt that good or the fact that the strings on them were so new that you couldent hear much of the actual bass. anyone else experience these things with these 2 basses?