I am curious to get some input as to what sets your bass above a regular Fender or similar as far as tone goes. My reasons are that I own a fantastic reasonably top shelf Custom Mustang Bass which don't get me wrong, is pretty much perfect in every way and I do love it. However, I play in several bands currently where I am very effects and amp heavy and I wonder whether the bass's tone is lost and probably no worse off with a 80s MIJ Fender or similar and put the cash towards a new amp. I've had a few customs over the years but nearly all of them were purchased because I wanted a certain look and honestly I felt I was paying for the Custom Colour more than anything. So how does your Custom Fender or whatever you have differ from a regular Jazz, Precision etc. as far as tone and playability alone?