Hello TB. I was at the local music store trying out some different basses, looking to see if I could stumble across something that really spoke to my hands. I didn't find anything that was "gotta have it" but I did notice a trend across the board: I really preferred bare wood necks. To me, a lacquered or painted neck made me feel a slight disconnect from the instrument. However, the unfinished necks were almost all the lower-end bass guitars. I was preferring a squier affinity J to an American standard J due to the neck alone. To test this theory, I broke out my first ever bass, a bottom of the barrel Ibanez gio, against my frankenbass SX J that's been my main squeeze for the last couple years. after A/Bing them for a bit, I realized I prefer the Ibby neck. My slides felt more accurate, and the neck felt more responsive, terrible action and all. Unsurprisingly, the Ibby has an unfinished neck. So here's the question, what do you prefer? and as a discussion point, are finished necks more common on expensive basses? Is this something you pay attention to when buying a bass?