Hi Tbers, This is my first post n hope not my last. As I don't mean to offend anyone n i appologize in advance if i do. Here we go. Il ooked @ the new sx headstocks and IMO they're not bad at all, it kinda reminds me of my old Ibanez roadstarll pj which i still have. Also I lived 10 miles from Rondo's when they were located in Union,NJ on rt22w. I am a proud owner of 4 Brice HX406's and 2 sx sjb's. I have not to this day replaced anything but strings on my sx's as i do all my own work on all my basses that need adjustments. I find the tone on my sx's to b what i want them to b according to the genre of music im playing. If you have touch,taste and timing u just help to enhance your tone. Not saying u shouldn't mod your sx's just saying that mine are still stock(other than straplocks n strings)and i still gig with them with no problems at all.And yes i have basses thatsover the$2000 range which i bought with the gig$$ from my sx's. However just cause i have ken smith and spectors and stinray5's i rarely use them not cause they dont sound great but because if they were damaged or stolen I'd b mad as a 1-eyed-cat looking at 2- mouseholes. So i choose my battles when I should break out the top-guns. All the mods r cool but u can achieve the same goal with a $49 Zoom 506 which is what i use no ob preamps just a simple Zoom n i have bass players say u got nice tone 2 go along with your chops n i say thnx n keep it moving. Dont argue if u think sx's r crap thats ur opinion. What works for me may not work for u just thought i'd share a little thats all. Also, I paid $105 for both my sx's total when rondo's were closing their store n those sx basses made me a decent $ and still do. so whatever you play enjoy it and thank god u can play because everybody cant do this only a chosen few. Peace Dagovna: P.S. The worse bass i ever owned was a Sekova(jazz copy) which i bought in 1975 now that was a real peace of ish couldn't even use it for firewood.