I've got a birthday coming up, and I thought I might be able to talk the wife into getting me a new axe (since my DJ5 is on backorder forever). I'm kind of interested in acoustic basses, since I thought it might be fun to have one for playing while I watch TV, or while my daughter (toddler) is asleep in the next room, or in the backyard, etc. Plus, it might offer a whole new tone experience. So I went down to a local music store that had a few I was interested in. Here's what I found: 1) Godin A-5 fretted, 5-string, on sale for $850. I loved the look and feel -- the neck was amazingly comfortable and fast. It felt instantly familiar. No dead spots, great fretboard setup, action was just the way I like it. It nearly played itself. I was surprised to find that the B-string was GREAT. Tight, focused, and with a nice thick bottom. Tone (amplified) was great -- different from a regular electric, but highly addictive. The Baggs electronics really sing through an amp. Me likey!!! The major downside, though, was that it wasn't that great unplugged. It had a decent tone, but I kept wanting to plug it back in. Since the main purpose of getting this bass (for MY needs/desires) is to play it unplugged, this is a MAJOR disadvantage. Still, I might have to go back and play it again. 2) A Tacoma Thunderchief 4-string. ($950) Definitely had a more "acoustic" feel to the neck. Where the neck on the Godin felt like a jazz bass-type, the neck on the Tacoma reminded me more of my Guild acoustic guitar. A little bit tougher to play than the Godin, and not as fast. Still, great action, no dead spots I could find, and very comfortable, despite the much larger body. Plugged in, it was much quieter than the Godin; predictably, I liked it less, most likely due to the lower volume. It's possible the battery on the Fishman preamp on the Tacoma was weak, or that the setup wasn't right; I didn't really investigate. However, the unplugged tone was incredible. It filled the room with an outstanding tone. Unplugged, the Tacoma beat the Godin hands down, no contest. Plugged in, I'd go with the Godin. Now I just have to convince the wife that I've been extra good. Tomorrow, I'm hoping to drive down to another store to check out an Olympia, which is the foreign (Korean??) version of the Thunderchief. While I'm sure it won't be as nice as the Tacoma, I'm going to try to keep an open mind, since I'm WAYYYY more likely to talk the wife into letting me get the Olympia, which is less than half as much as the Tacoma. The one question I have is: The Olympia comes in two models: One with a Fishman pickup, and one with a Baggs Miratone pickup, that sells for about $80 more. Has anyone heard both models, and can anyone tell me what the difference is between the Fishman and Baggs electronics?