Hey everyone. 62 year old new to bass, new to blogging and new to music making. Decided now or never and after lurking in music stores, I bought an Ibanez GIO. And off I went for the last couple of months. Then I discovered TB. What the hell have you done to me? I love my beginner bass. Squier VM P/J CAR. But now I'm addicted to TB and all it's different forums and classifieds. I had no idea! All the great basses out there, the history from Leo on, music theory, the great players through time, GAS, modding, all you great people. Already gassing for some vintage maple fingerboard P, maybe a Stingray, a G&L, a Ric ......sell it all for an upscale custom, keep it all....aaaaah you see! Oh and finding the right instructor. Anyway, as I start to swap out some minor parts on my Squier, a question occurs to me. How many parts do you have to change on your original bass before it stops being what it was born? I often see when someone asks about a particular Bass X answers that say what a great bass. "I put on Hipshot tuners, EMG pickups, Babicz bridge, changed knob configuration, etc. slapped some flats on it and she really pumps." But is that Bass X or something else? Frankenbass (in the best way)? Is it really the Bass X being asked about if just the body, neck and decal are original? If it's not stock, then is it not Bass X? What are you really playing?