Well, I'm the market for a new bass, so I went to the local GC to check out what they have. I've been looking at the BTB series because of the price and the positive reviews. At first I only saw soundgears, but then I spotted a BTB 406 (which is what I was looking for) sitting in the middle of them. I picked it up and took it into the bass room (Boom Room?). As far as I recall, there were only SWR amps and cabs in there, so I promptly plugged into a Mo' Bass, which was hooked up to a Megoliath on its side. The amp had good tone, but nothing great, especially when it came to effects. Maybe I should post a review in the Amps section.... So anyway, I really like the play ability of the BTB. I was initially skeptical of the neck, but it proved to be very comfortable and playable for me. I have always been interested in six stringers but wasn't sure whether I would like it or not. Today I confirmed that they are for me. The bass had a nice tone and a pretty tight B. The onboard EQ was pretty good/versatile. The bass boost wasn't too much (amp EQ set flat/switched off), but the treble definitely cut through (which I liked). However, as soon as I dialed in some low mids, the thing shook the whole place. And when you max out the mids and adjust the mid frequency, you get a really cool synthy wah like sound, which I thought really kicked ass. Overall I was very impressed by the bass and thought it was a great deal, especially for the price. I think this will be my new purchase. I also tried out some higher end basses like Warwick, Ken Smith, Pedulla, and Zon. The Warwick was a Thumb 5 bolt on. The thing was heavy, and I know exactly why people say it has a baseball bat neck. It was comfortable for me though...then again, I haven't really found anything I didn't really like too much (except for the 7 string Conklin ). It played pretty well and had a nice cut through kind of tone. It's definitely not something I'd use for mellower stuff, but it would be great for rock/metal. The B string on this though was KILLER. It blew away every other B I've played, including the other basses I tried out today. It felt and sounded just like the rest of the strings, only lower. It had amazing clarity and punch. The only problem I had with it was that there was not much room between the outer strings and the end of the fretboard. For example, when I tried to play fast and used a lot of hammer-ons and pull-offs, sometimes the string would get pulled off the fretboard, which was quite annoying. This could be bad technique on my part, but it didn't happen with any other bass. Moving on the Zon, I played a 6 string fretless and a 5 string fretted. Both had great necks and amazing B's. Not quite as articulate and definite as the Warwick, but great feel and tension. The fretted Sonus 5 had a B that looked unusually thick compared to the rest of the strings. But man did that thing have treble! All the high end gave it a very cutting, ballsy tone that would be great for metal/hard rock (at least I like that kind of a tone). They're very nice basses, but dang...that price tag. If I had the money, I would get one, but I'm poor. The Pedulla was a lined fretless Pentabuzz in emerald green. Damn it looked nice. Played well too. I believe the fretboard was ebony, but it was shiny and smooth, which I guess is a polyester coating. Nice bass though. The Ken Smith was probably the best looking bass I played. That quilted maple looks really nice and elegant...a complete opposite of the raw looking Warwick. But yeah, it had a great feel, great look/finish, great sound. I don't really know if I found any flaw in it, but I wasn't playing for very long. All in all, it was a great experience playing basses that ranged in quality and price so much. I now understand how all the freaks with a zillion expensive basses say that each has a unique sound because THEY DO (duh). The differences in the expensive ones were marginal. Tone wise, I really liked them all, but especially the Warwick's B and low register, and the great cutting ability of the fretted Zon Sonus 5. In terms of feel, the Ken Smith was probably the best, but not by much at all. The Pedulla felt really nice too, but mainly because of the smooth polyester finish. They were all good...it's hard to choose a winner! But as weird as it sounds, the Ibanez, in my opinion was not too far behind the rest of them. I guess the area in which the difference really showed was the feel. The expensive basses had a very "expensive" or "high end" feel to them. The tone was pretty good too. The the highs were very articulate and clear, and the lows were good, although the B was not as defined as it was on the expensive stuff. But I definitely think it's a great deal and worth every penny. I think I'll be making that purchase sometime in the near future. Hopefully I'll be able to get my hands on a Zon later on.