Hello everyone I'm currently a drummer but lately I have found myself drawn towards bass. I'd like to start playing and understanding the role of a bass player better but with all the options I'm a bit lost. I've been looking around for a good starter bass in the $250-$400 range and I found these if any of you have experience with one or all of these your input would be greatly appreciated. Intended use: I just want to get started most of what I will be playing with friends will be more along the line of metal/hardcore but want something suited for jazz/funk as well since that is more of the route I'd like to go as a bass player. What I have found: Spector Performer Electric Bass Guitar http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass/spector-performer-electric-bass-guitar $400 Features Body NS-bass™ shape Basswood body construction High gloss finish Neck 1-piece rock maple neck construction Rosewood fingerboard: 24 frets 34" scale length 16" radius Pearl dot neck inlays Hardware Color: black Spector® performer bridge Electronics Passive tone circuit Bridge pickup: EMG SSD™ Neck pickups: EMG SSD™ Ibanez ATK200 Electric Bass Guitar http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass/ibanez-atk200-electric-bass-guitar $400 Features Ash body ATK4 3-piece bolt-on maple neck Rosewood fretboard with pearl dot inlays Medium frets 34" scale ATK4 chromed bridge CAP double humbucker with 3-position switch ATK N2 onboard EQ Through-body stringing Chrome hardware $270 Features Bolt-on construction 34" scale Basswood body Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard 40mm standard nut Thin, U-neck contour 24 XJ frets Chrome hardware ESP tuners ESP DB-4 bridge ESP SB-4 (B&N) pickups w/ESP ABQ-2 2-band active EQ Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Bass Guitar http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass/sterling-by-music-man-s.u.b.-ray4-bass-guitar $300 Features Solid hardwood body 34″ full scale maple neck (rosewood fingerboard with some finishes) Medium jumbo frets Satin tinted neck finish Narrow 38 mm nut width Low noise humbucking pickup 2-band onboard active preamp, cut & boost Large heavy duty bass bridge with full adjustments Easy access truss rod adjuster 6-bolt super strong neck joint Top-mounted, heavy duty output jack They are all aesthetically pleasing to me so that doesn't matter I'm just wondering if any of you have advise on one or all and how they preform and hold up over time and their tones. I have no idea what I'm doing haha. Thanks for your time and patience.