I spent a couple of hours trying some basses yesterday, one of which was a 3EQ Stingray. At first I thought it was nice, 'till I plugged in a Fender Jazz Deluxe, now that was beautiful. It looked, played and sounded awsome, and to be honest, it ran rings around the Stingray in every department, not only my opinion, both of the guys who worked in the shop agreed. The Jazz had a much wider range of tones, from big and warm, to bright and punchy, and it was so much easier to play. A lot of people don't like Fender basses, but I'll tell you what, that jazz is by far the best bass I ever tried.