I see numerous threads about these basses. Now, I understand that they're inexpensive beginner basses but a lot of folks seem to think they're the best thing since sliced bread. I have played a number of them and was somewhat impressed at their bang for the buck ratio (although not blown away...I could buy a used Peavey Foundation for $100 or so and be infinitely better off, I think). If you play one in your bedroom or get together with your buddies once a week and jam in the basement, that's one thing but gigging them in the sloppy world of clubs and bars is something altogether different. I suppose you'd call me a semi-pro player or weekend warrior. I play between 60 and 150 gigs a year (depending on the band and the year), blues and the occasional classic rock jobbing gig. Even at my meager level, I can't afford problems with gear so I buy the best quality I can afford, which typically means used. For a while, I used a Squier P-Bass Special as my back-up and after a few gigs, I began having little problems like the jack loosening, bridge adjustment screws loosening up, you know...the little annoying things that made the bass a pain in the a$$ for gigging purposes; it just wasn't designed to be a gigging instrument. I got rid of it pronto. I am wondering if anybody actually does a reasonable amount of gigs with SX basses. And, no, playing at your cousin's 6th grade graduation party or your brother's bar mitzvah doesn't count as gigging with it.