I have one fancy bass and yesterday it hit the ground hard. I usually bring out the 200$ SX but i broke a string the other day which hasn't happened in 10 yrs. So I am waiting on a string to come in from BSO and I bring out my American V Jazz (it's fancy to me!) To do my reggae gig. Some back pain issues lead me to put it in my 30$ gig bag so it won't be heavy. I'm hanging at a club down the street when a buddy calls me up to sit in so I grab my bass by one strap and sling it over my shoulder. The strap comes apart in the middle and it just keeps on going straight onto the concrete floor. I try not to freak out about things and pulling it out I found a nasty gouge near the bottom strap lock. It definitely could have been worse. I was gonna post a pic but you can't really see it with the natural finish. My takeaway is that if you're going to spend too much on a bass (that you still mean to play out) you might as well give it some character because you're sure never going to get your money back on it I consider myself lucky that the bass is still playable and will bring the Protec case when I bring the American J5 out in the future, it's not that heavy.