So I'm in the market for a 4 string bass that has some serious growl. I can't spend more than $1500 and I would like the bass to be new. My hands are on the larger side, so a beefy neck is what I'm shooting for (probably with a maple fretboard). The bass' weight will not be a factor. My goal is to have an axe that will cut through the mix like one of those fancy chef's knives. The music I play is a mixture of jazz, funk, and rock (I know, I'm not sticking out in the crowd). I have an Ibanez BTB776 (6 string) that plays like a charm, but sounds very transparent in the mix and makes slapping very difficult due to the tight string spacing. I also play a fretless Fender Jazz, which is a lifelong keeper, but now I'm looking for her butch lover (the assertive one in the relationship). Today I played my first Stingray (with just the one humbucker), and was very pleased with the overall sound and feel, despite the fact that the guys at guitar center didn't bother to set it up. The bite was vicious with the eq boosted, but I think that's common knowledge. If it wasn't for my Warwick fetish my mind would probably be made up. Unfortunately no stores in my area carry any wick's so I have never been able to get my hands on one. A few days ago, I attended an Andy Irvine clinic. I positioned myself right in front of his amp and was very impressed with the tone of his Korean built Pro Series Streamer LX (with p/j mec pickups). It did not sound transparent at all, as I have heard some are. So here I am, a very indecisive man... Am I looking for humbuckers, or will a p/j configuration give me the growl that I crave? Did I play the bass of my dreams today, or am I just going through another phase? Do I need another drink? Any opinions, advice, or general rants that you knowledge TBer's could share with me would be greatly appreciated.