Hi everybody. Sorry if this topic has been discussed before, but I searched for something like this and nothing satisfied me. Well, the title speaks by itself, I think. I've seen in these forums that there are lots of fans of Fender basses (specially the Geddy Lee model), and I've seen also in my town that there's kinda "Fender fever" since many friends have paid high prices for american Fenders recently. Same for guitars: My rock band's guitarist had a great Kramer guitar (80's model, I think) in excellent condition and sold it to buy a Fender Stratocaster. I Still don't understand. I'd like to know if there's a real, objective appreciation on these basses (and guitars too), or if there's a high bias because most famous basslines were recorded with Fenders or because Fender is the "father" of all basses. Personally, I would love to have a really old american Fender Jazz Bass (more versatile and sexier than Precisions IMO) with all of its original accesories (thumb rests and stuff) in mint condition for me to feel the proud owner of a classic Fender (my double bass master has one. Feel so envy!), but not for having it as my main axe. I don't "associate" myself with a Fender. Budget considerations aside, I can't believe that someone thinks that a Fender is better than a Warwick, for instance. Speaking of modern Fender models, the only one that convinces me is the Stu Hamm Urge II because it's a totally different instrument. It doesn't seem made by Fender. Even has 24 frets! Of course, I'm not trying to be disrespectful with Fender fans. I know that those instruments have a distinctive tone, but I think most high-end basses can duplicate it and give even more. The only Fender instrument that really amazes me because I haven't heard another like that is the Fender Jazzmaster guitar. I don't know how those guys got that classic surf tone, but the thing is that the tone is not because of the pickups alone. Acoustically, the Jazzmaster has a tone that I haven't heard re-created in another guitar (well, maybe I have to listen more instruments). As far as I understand, it was discontinued. I don't see why. Thank you very much for reading. Waiting for your feedback. P.S.: Happy New Year for you all!