I've finally decided for certain to upgrade to a six-string bass. I'm discussing with my parents, who are getting this as a Christmas present. We've decided our budget to be generally under $800. On the upper end of that is a John Myung sig model (the second one), that's on sale in the classifieds for $700. Lower down we've found another JM sig (the first one) for $600, and a used Carvin LB76 for $500. I'm looking for other options in this range. I would prefer basses with a good cutting midrange similar to a P with steels, as I rather like the way my current bass, a Squier P, sits in my band's rough mix with fairly dead LaBella Steel Rounds. I know part of that's in the strings, but part's in the bass too. I've also given strong consideration to the Ibanez BTB basses, and might get one of those if it falls in my price range. I've tried and Ibanez SR506, and I did not like anything about it. I did play a BTB sixer, the "Premium" model, and really liked it, so if the 676 is like that then we might be in business. I'm including a poll with this with the four basses discussed here that I'm considering. I'd like opinions on all four as well as any other sixers I might be able to find in that range. How is the Carvin's Low B? How are the JM sig models? I know they have tight string spacing, but I could get used to it if the sound is nice. Thanks in advance. EDIT: I also want a bass that "plays nice" with effects, particularly distortion, as this is intended to be a bass for the next five years or so, and I may add effects or amp distortion down the line to fill in the sound in my band. EDIT2: Better idea of the sound I want, based on sounds I like and would like something similar to: Geddy's Rickenbacker tone on Caress of Steel and Exit Stage Left, John Myung's tones on "Metropolis 2000" and "Dream Theater" (the new self-titled), John Wetton's "Red" tone. To a lesser degree Geddy's Wal tone, though I know that's pretty hard to get.