More than likely, threads like these have been beat to death, but...! If you could only have two basses and the total cost of both of them was less than $1,000, which would you pick? (Go no further than the above line if you don't care about some kid's incessant rambling at 2 am. It's really quite dull.) Yes, a limit of one grand. This thread is just out of my sheer curiosity. I have two basses, totaling a value of roughly $800 (give or take). One I'm pretty happy with, one...not as much. Why two though? Why not put all the money in one bass? Well in my situation, one of my basses is a passive four string jazz, the other an active five string. And I enjoy some variety. It's like only having one girlfriend. But in that case I guess you could do with more then two as well eh? (I wouldn't know about that...) *Ahem* ANYWAYS... Why not more than two? Well when you divide $800 (or even $1,000) three (+) ways, you're going to end up with some interesting instruments and I can't justify putting more than about $1,000 into basses (at the age of 18 anyways). It's like having a ton of girlfriends. They're all cheap. (I definitely wouldn't know about that.) Moving on, I know there might be some [DEL]gear snobs[/DEL] sirs who may feel the need to chime in with their opinions on "cheap" basses (or girlfriends), but I would love it if you cared enough just to post which two and why. For me, I think (I emphasize "think" because I haven't played every bass I would like to, but from what I do know) I would pick an older MIA Jazz Deluxe 5 and an older MIM P bass. But I don't know if I could swing that combo for < $1,000. Maybe if I got lucky... So, long original post for no real reason I guess, other than I don't want to do my homework. But by all means...have at the question if you care to!