My vote would go to Gretsch hollowbodies. Their Electromatic line has some new hollowbodies (not semi-hollow) which are very nice.
The 5123, 5440 and 5442 are all under $1000 new and will give you classic hollowbody sound. Here's a link to listings at GC: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Gretsch-...Bass.gc?ipp=25
I have a 5123 and it's a great bass, but with flatwounds it requires tweaking up the highs and mids to be clear in the mix.