I finally drank the TalkBass Kool-Aid and got a Squier Classic Vibe Jazz. Now I know why there's so much love for them 'round these parts.
But wait! There's more!!
Ever since the summer I had a burning question on my mind; "What has Best Buy had done with all their overstock when they finally closed up their Musical Instruments department?"
I even called a number of stores across the nation to see if they had anything worthwhile left. They all said they'd shipped whatever was left back to Distribution. Well, someone here on TB answered my question. "They put their overstock up on their eBay page at a significantly reduced price!"
So, I'm officially recommending the aforementioned Classic Vibe Jazz. Smooth tones, and yet growly/snarly depending on the attack you play with (even before I put some light .40-.100 Elixirs on it). http://www.ebay.com/itm/Squier-Class...item2ecb38e5f2