Well, I'm thinking about my next bass (a medium term project, not before christmas, but still), and one of the choices I have is to get a 6 string bass ; never had one, always wanted one. So I've played quite a few, not everything yet, here and there, when I came across one, without comparing them seriously. So right now, I'm wondering what models should I look into, considering I'll most likely limit myself to a 1000$ budget (unless I give in and get a Bongo, which I haven't even tried yet though). Tone, playability and reliability are my main concerns. While I'm at it, I'd also like to have your opinion on the neck-through vs. bolt-on debate. All the basses I have ever owned are bolt-on, so I like the idea of a neck-through, since I never had one. But, in terms of long term reliability, would I get more setup options with a bolt-on (shims for example)? Soundwise, what would I gain and loose with a neck-through?