OK... a bit of backstory. Coming up on a nice bonus from work and want to upgrade my gear. I currently play ESP LTD 6's, one of which needs some neck work - the other is fine. My drummer suggested I check out a Bongo 6 bc LaRue and Myung play them. So I get all geeked up about trying one, head down to Guitar Center, pick up a Bongo stealth 6 and start playing. It feels heavy and enormous. I start playing and notice that it feels good, easy to play, surprisingly well for an off the rack guitar minus setup. I love the range of tone... beautiful guitar. However... compared to my current guitars, I wasn't too impressed. Actually I left disappointed. At 3x the cost of my current instruments, I was expecting it to blow the doors off of my ESP's, and while it was good, it wasn't 3x as good. I put the Bongo back, took an ESP 6 off the shelf, played it, and there really was no BFD in its playability compared to the off the shelf ESP 6 (or mine). So, before all the Bongo players out there string me up, let me say it's a beautiful guitar, endless tone, and played VERY well. I'd love to play one, but it's not a huge leap in playability over my current guitars, and therefore not worth it to me. So now I'm looking for recommendations from other TB 6 string players for basses to try. About me: I play fingerstyle, tapping, chording, progressive metal (Dream Theater, Opeth, Vai, etc.) and need a 6 string with a very fast neck, close string spacing, and something that can be setup with action as low as physically possible. I have a Trace Elliot rig (AH500X into TE 4x10 and 2x15 cabs), no effects. My budget is $1300 tops. Recommendations?