I'm pretty new at this, trying to get the lay of the land as far as bass choices. I'm currently playing an SX precision bass with P-J pickups. I do like it a lot but it's not perfect and I'm on the hunt for something else. My main criteria are that it have a thinner or narrower neck (J basses feel more comfortable, not perfect but getting closer), have good balance (this sx seems to have serious neck dive), and have a lot of versatility in the tone department. Like I said I'm a new bassist (but been playing guitar for 14 years) and I'm trying to find "my tone." I like both the P and J pickup sounds. I got a chance to play one of the cheaper line of music man basses and liked that too. The local selection is pretty limited (best buy music dept...that's about it), but I'm out playing all the different ones I can, and playing my SX hours each day. Around $500 is my price point. Any and all of your thoughts and opinions, please let me know.