So, I happened to go into my local Guitar Center last night. I've been thinking of maybe getting a Sterling and thought I'd see what they had. I was a little surprised to see a used S.U.B. Sterling (plus a few new ones). It seemed to be in OK condidtion - though for some reason the G string was set much lower than the other strings and was wildly out of tune. Price was about $480 or so. The thing I didn't like about it was that it looked rather boring! Just plain black with rosewood fingerboard. I'd prefer a maple fingerboard and maybe sunburst, black cherry burst, or burnt apple body. Used "real" Sterlings seem to be going for roughly about $700 - $850. Do you get much more by buying an actual Sterling compared to the S.U.B. or would I just be catering to my vanity by not getting the S.U.B. but getting a "prettier" bass. Right now I just have a (modified) Yamaha RBX 264 which I like apart from the width of the neck and roughness of the fret edges. Thanks.