Hey everyone, I'm in the market for a new bass. Got tired of the one I got, and looking forward to change. My current bass is an '85 Ibanez Roadstar ii RB850. I'm going to sell it soon, but today I was taken by my wife to the local music store to try out some basses before I settle on anything. After about an hour there, I couldn't settle on anything. I tried the new SUB sterling by MM and I hated it, it looked, felt, and sounded just like my old OLP MM copy. Only difference was the 2band eq which wasn't that amazing to begin with. I tried a Fender 1970s Reissue Jazz Bass. I didn't like the tone on it though I loved the neck. Funny thing, I used to own one in 3-tone sunburst and used to swear by it's tone. I just don't find it appealing anymore, ha! I'm looking for a funk/jazz/rock tone. And after swapping through basses, I settled on 3..... an ESP LTD B4 with Zebrawood top. Amazing, amazing, amazing playability on it. The neck was set up JUST right for slap and tapping with a low string height minimal fret buzz. It just blew me away, slapping and finger-tapping techniques were so effortlessly executed on this neck. The tone was ok, nothing crazy and the EQ took me a min to figure out. I played it through a TC Electronics combo amp. Then there's the Yamaha BB425X 5 string. The B string on that bass is very tight, no flop whatsoever, it was a dream to slap on. The tone versatility offered by the passive electronics really surprised me. I could equate the tone to vary between a P-Bass and a Stringray. It was a lot of fun to play, I played it through a GK combo amp. Lastly, the Ibanez ATK804. It was a better composed bass all around. Offered great tonal variety. I loved the styling of it, the dark woods, pickguard, and matching headstock. Played this through the same GK combo amp. What I want to ask y'all is the following: Do y'all think that ESP had a good set up done to it? Or are their necks built that way? Could the Yamaha or the Ibanez necks achieve similar results with a good set up (something I'd pay a professional to do)? I prefer the tone of the Yamaha and the Ibanez over that of the ESP. I plan on going back to play these 3 basses some more and get more familiar with them. Sorry for the essay but I've had a lot on my mind concerning what I played today.