Hello fellow bass players! I've been a member of TalkBass for years, but I don't think I've ever posted a thread. I've searched the forum archives and read a lot of threads, but I thought I could get more specific answers by posting my info/question. Sorry if this is redundant. I'm looking for a new 5-string bass. I need some advice on what basses I should be looking at. I consider myself a weekend warrior semi-pro bassist. I play multiple gigs a week including weddings, casinos, private parties, and bars. I also do sub/fill-in work. Mostly I play "wedding" music, which is a wide variety of styles. One moment I'm playing Jackson 5 and the next ACDC or Katy Perry. Obviously I need a versatile sounding bass. I need a bass that is mainly funky sounding, but one that can rock when needed. It needs to be able to pump some serious hiphop sub-bass, then easily switching to a bridge Jaco growl, then have a nice neck pickup slap sound. Preferably 3 ban EQ (not a deal breaker). Currently my main bass is a low end Spector bolt on. I purchased it on Craigslist, so I don't know much about it. Maybe someone can identify it (I'd love to know what I have). I love the EMG's. They give me most of the sounds I listed above. I like the way it plays, and string spacing is good. I'm not really into the volume knob for each pick up. It's not a deal breaker, but I'd rather have a blend knob, as I only use it full on the neck/both/bridge. This bass also has some minor buzz issues. I get some weird sounds clicking sounds, and annoying hums in certain rooms. The bass needs to be "easy" to play. I have a Fender P-bass Deluxe 5 and a Fender Jazz, but they end up hurting my hand after 3-4 hours of playing. My Ibanez ATK feels good, but doesn't have the versatile sound. I play a Markbass Big Bang head, with a few different cabs 1x12, 2x10, or 4x10 (depending on the size of the room). Ok enough back story. It sounds like I want another Spector, right? I want to get a higher end bass, but I can't bring myself to buy one without playing it. Where do you go to play high end basses? What other basses should I consider? Thanks in advance!