I've owned a German Thumb, a USA Stingray, and now I want a Lakland. I've not played a Lakie yet, but the other two are each their own beast, just different types of great. The sounds are unique, the looks are unique, the feel is unique. The Thumb is kind of in its own world in terms of craftsmanship and quality, but the Stingray was absolutely great too - both of them are about 3000000% better than anything you'll ever get from Fender, for example.
My personal solution - get one of each!
If that doesn't work for you, start with the least expensive and then over time trade your way up into the others. I lusted after Thumbs for over two decades before finally getting one. Patience is a virtue.