Not to step on anybody's toes but isn't having all those pots and switches a bit of overkill? Take a look at Stanley Clarke's new custom alembic bass, no question that it is a wonderfulll looking (and sounding) instrument but all those pots? I speak for myself, but I'm the type of guy who believes that tone is all in the fingers and I have modified my two pickup basses so they have a Balance pot, a master tone and a Master Volume. This enables me to back off the volume regardless of what pickup I'm playing over at that moment. Sure I can see the merits of being able to completely change the sound of your bass by just turning a pot or flicking over a switch but I wouldn't be able to do so between verses in the middle of the song and would easily grab the wrong pot or switch. To use Stanley Clarke as an example again: I saw him changing the sound of his bass mid song and change it again and again. And in his hands he could make the most of it. However, I also saw footage of Jaco tearing it up and he played a Fender Jazz bass, no elaborate electronics, no phase switches but 100% pure sound, no gimmics, just his fingers on the de-fretted board of his Fender. So I would like to pose you people who own such basses this question, do you people actually USE all of those sound posibilities?