Feels like I've spent months looking around for a new bass - well finally today I went into a music shop and tried everything! Surprisingly the three that stood out were the 3eq stingray, the am. standard p bass and the am. deluxe jazz bass. I really like the 2eq, but I don't know if it was the action or what but I could hear everything on the strings (might need to try another one elsewhere), and I ruled out the am. standard jazz as I preferred the sound of the precision. The American Deluxe jazz is a beautiful instrument! Not at all keen on the passive sound, but with the active circuit it can produce so many different sounds. It's just really versatile, and I really like the pan knob as oppose to a switch. It felt great, amazing satin finish to the neck. If I went for this I'd go for the natural finish, the wood grain is gorgeous! As soon as I picked up the precision I knew it was a quality instrument. The custom shop pickups were incredible, in fact it was probably the best sounding bass I played. If I went for the precision, I'd have to go for mystic red. I'm a finger player and I like to rest my thumb on top of the pickup, so the only niggle I had when trying this was that I didn't have much room to rest my thumb on the split-pickup. So I was thinking maybe I'd get the luthier to put a thumb rest on there for me, and at the same time maybe put a black pickguard on it for me (can't beat red with black pickguard and maple). Like I said I tried the 2eq stingray and loved it, but it was a too bit aggressive - I don't know the word to describe it, but I heard everything on the strings, you could hear when I hit a fret. I was so surprised when i picked up the 3eq - it was a different animal! It had a real growl to it! So there we are; all three are beautiful looking and great sound instruments. The only negative for the p bass is resting my thumb on the pickup, for the stingray I don't like the finish to the neck as much as the fenders, and I don't like the passive tone of the jazz. With the stingray it depends on the price of different finishes, if money were no object I'd go HH in candy red - but that's probably out of my price range. So what do I do?