I played one @ GC last night and it felt pretty good. Didn't plug it in. My preconcieved notion is that I don't like the way Stingrays sound period. I had a 3 band 4 string that I hated and got rid of, because of that glass breaking tone. too bad, it was a beautiful bass and played soooo nice. Anyway, do any of you have one. How does it sound, really. I'm a bottom end freak. This one has a 2 band EQ and an oval style pick guard, like the 4s. I think that's cool. Am I wasting my time, is this thing going to be super grindy. I'm looking to cave in people's chests more so than shatter their eardrums. @ $750, it seemed like a nice bass for the money. Are they American made ?