To the Group - This isn't a rant nor is it a position statement. I just had an experience that I wanted to share and see if others have had a similar one. Like you, I've read all of the threads about buying a cheap bass and modding it. Sometimes, those degenerate into "Why buy cheap when you can buy quality from the start?" This really isn't that thread and it isn't the discussion I hope to spark. I bought an inexpensive, used bass yesterday, brought it home, did some specific mods and am now very satisfied with the end product. I expected that. (Well, I was hoping for the best!) What I did not expect was the very cool feeling that the project gave me. Don't laugh but I feel some intense satisfaction here -- not just the "I love it when a plan comes together" feeling. It's more like, "I have officially made this bass MINE. It plays like I want it to play -- it sounds like I want it to sound." That is very cool, indeed! I've been playing bass for about a year and I have a number of basses. Some very expensive ones (2 Barkers), some "Middle-of-the-Road" ones (Standard Jazz, Washburn ABG), some oddballs (Aria Sinsonido, Optek Fretlight) but this was the first one that I bought with the specific objective to open it up and replace parts in order to change its character to suit me. I know some folks think that buying a bass just to upgrade seems like a waste of time. They say, "Save your money and buy a higher quality instrument from jumpstreet." That's one approach and under some circumstances, it's the correct one. In other cases however, there is tremendous intangible, intrinsic value in the process of modifying an instrument to suit your personal preferences. I am not an electrician, nor am I an electronics wiz. On the other hand, between all of the knowledge on Talkbass, the good folks at Seymour Duncan (who answered my questions pleasantly and professionally), and a little patience, I was able to get done what I wanted done. And I am more than a little self-satisfied about it. I'll close by saying this: If you know what you're looking for (sound/feel-wise), and you're willing to do your homework (knowing what's available, how it works, and what it costs), and are willing to take your time and be patient, buying a used/inexpensive instrument and upgrading it can have some tremendous benefits -- don't knock it 'til you've tried it!