After seeing it on Ebay a couple of times, I couldn't resist, and I pulled the trigger. It was calling out to me. I know buying any piece of gear online, without the opportunity to play it beforehand, is a huge gamble, but...well, I couldn't help myself. It is currently en route to my doorstep, so I don't have any personal photos of it yet, but there are some nice pics of it still up here: My soon-to-be-new bass Visually, the biggest appeal of this one to me over the Gibsons is the hardware. I've always hated black hardware on any instrument, I just think it looks cheap. Anyway....I was wondering if anybody here had any experience with the Elitist series Thunderbirds, and how they generally compare in tone, build quality, etc. to the original Gibsons, other similar Japanese brands (Orville, Greco, etc.), and the more recent Gibsons. Thanks!