I read and looked at the Geddy Lee Big Beautiful Book of Bass (or whatever), and I've been getting pics of gorgeous Fender Basses on my FB feed. The colors Fender has offered over the year have been interesting and help to make these basses interesting.

Of course, these and other sources give me G*A*S for both an SG bass and a big semi-hollow body bass. I've played the Epiphone SG bass, and I would recommend it to bass players of any level. It's a professional bass and was a big surprise to me. I wouldn't mind having one of those huge Hofner semi-hollows. A great source for lefties, Hofner has always served us well. Of course Paul Macca being a lefty hasn't hurt lefty sales. But Hofner was making lefties before McCartney got his.