The recent thread about Epiphone basses got me thinking. I own some pretty high end basses, and I'm generally happy with the sound I get. It doesn't make sense for me to try out any more "hi-fi" basses, since they're just different flavors of my active Tobias, essentially. Now cheap basses, on the other hand, have a really distinctive sound. I've been playing the Casady bass, the new Epiphone SG basses, some Deans, and I keep noticing how $300 could get you a completely different tone, whereas $3000 will get you more of the same: endangered hardwood resonating steel strings over Bartolini pickups. Does any one else have cheap-o secret weapons they are fond of? I'd have to suggest the Danelectro Baritone Guitar, and the new Epiphone EB-0 fretlesses. Really interesting sound for under $300.