I was cruising the local shops for used cabs today and saw a new MTD K4 on the wall. I had to plug it in and check it out. It felt pretty good, the action was set up reasonably low with no buzzing (at least playing in the store - playing with the band would be a whole 'nother test). It looked good (black w/rosewood board) although I can't say I'm that big a fan of the "swoopy" pickguard (even though I'm a fan of pickguards in general). I had tried out a Fernandes Retrospect 4 earlier in the week at another shop (another nice Korean made axe) and thought they were comparable in feel and fit-and-finish. The MTD had a zero fret (which I think is a super feature) and a black folded metal bridge. It was pretty light and had what felt like a jazz-width neck. It sounded good. Nice definition and zing. A little shy on the unnassisted low end (I'm used to my G&L - the only bass I've ever regularly turned down the bass on). Great clarity. It's really making me think about what I want to trade in my abg for. I was thinking Epi JC sig but now I may have to go with a solid-body single-pickup model (either the K4 or go for the G&L L-1500 since I like the G&L neck and feel better). All in all I think the K4 is a great value for the $409 the shop wanted for it - if I get impatient saving up for my next new bass I may take my abg and some dollars back and bring it home (I'd have to swap the mop pickguard for tortoise but that's a personal problem).