I had bought a sterling, and as beautiful as it was ( orange sunburst) I never loved the tone. I guess I really hated the fact that I could not get that rolled-off passive treble cut you get with a fender bass, for example....the treble EQ was just not the same thing..I could not get that softer, pillowy old-school sound, no matter how i set the controls or phase switch. I paid 1400 dollars for this thing, and traded it for a new MIM ash jazz bass which I put lindy fralin pickups in, AND a used line 6 bass podxt...... Most of my friends absolutely loved my sterling, and always requested it...however, I hated it, and to this day, don't really know why I bought it. I think my mistake was that I expected it to be a good fingerstyle bass, but in actuality (and my humble opinion) it is really only good for slapping... Anyone out there I was wrong to trade this thing?