after finally checking out a local new (by a year) discount store today I now want to move in and live there... they have a big wall full of guitars / basses with some amps / FX etc. from dorky and cheap to rare and exotic, some at better than normal prices and everything in decent seeming shape. I was too busy filling 2 pages of research items to get somebody to unlock them so I could check it out further and was skeptical of the Korean knockoffs anyway. this is probably their lowest quality 5er, the black / chrome no frills one in good cond., yet it seems they may be ok, and I am reading the TUNE Club thread but there's a bunch and most posts tend to be about the MIJs. since posts on the MIKs are old maybe I can get some updated input regarding the pros vs cons on what might turn into a fairly great deal on a possibly great bass. I understand these may have a 'modern' sound which doesn't thrill me but string choice could mitigate that issue if these are as versatile as some say and can also do old school thump and grind from Motown to Mountain. what say ye TB community?