I'm really struggling choosing between these four basses. Having been into a guitar shop and spent ages playing a load of basses, I've narrowed it down to these four. Now it's weighing up the pros and cons of each. Without sounding douche-y, it's not so much about the price. The stingray hh is as high as I can go, so it's just about which bass suits me best. Absolutely loved the Fender american standard p bass - the finish on the back of the neck was superb and it had the clarity of a jazz bass but with an additional low end punch. It is the cheapest, but as I'm between bands there's no point buying any pedals that could become redundant when I join a new band. There would be a couple of things I'd have to do if I bought this though - I'd have to put a black pickguard on it (can't beat red with black pg & maple) and I'd have to get the pickup flush to the body. I'm a finger player and like to rest my thumb on top of a pickup, but felt like I didn't have much room to rest my thumb on the angled split pickup. The Fender american deluxe jazz bass is probably the best looking of all the contenders in natural. Again the finish on the neck was great, and the fretboard with the blocks and binding is stunning. However, I didn't care for the passive tone at all. Then again, I could just leave it on active and still be happy. I actually started with the 2eq stingray - I'd never played a stingray before so was blown away by how punchy it was! But the 2eq was too bright for me, so tried the 3eq stingray. It's a completely different animal! It still sounded aggressive, but I had more control over it. Wasn't perfect though; the finish on the back of the neck was really nice but not to the standard of the fenders. I haven't listed a colour in he poll because I'm not sure yet - can't afford the ash-bodied version but the hardwood is still really nice. The candy red finish looks different depending on the light but can be beautiful, and also love the blue pearl. I would have a wait on my hands depending on the finish I went for (possibly up to 16 weeks!), but it's not like I don't already have a bass, and I think the right instrument would be worth the wait. Then I thought about the stingray 4hh bass. Now I haven't played this so there is a bit of a gamble, but then I played a regular epi thunderbird knowing the classic pro would only be better. I'd have that much more versatility available. So those are the choices. Apologies for such a long opening post, just kept waffling :scowl: I play heavy rock - metal, but then a versatile instrument covers me if I start to play other types of music in the future. The deluxe jazz is the only one I'd be able to pick up and play straight away, but then I think I like the tones of the precision and stingray slightly more. So what would you do?