Hey folks, My 15 year old son has been playing bass (upright and electric) for 5 years. He has a band (they play things like CHili Peppers, The Police, Dave matthews Band), and he is also in an award winning Jazz band. He has been playing with an entry level bass for 5 years, and we would like to surprise him with a new bass for his birthday. These are what we have narrowed down to: Ibanez BTB510 Ibanez BTB300 Ibanez SR-3000 Fender Jazz Deluxe (is that right?) Fender American Jazz (?) i don't have the paper with me or Warwick RockBass Corvette SE I would really appreciate any feedback on these basses, and what you would consider the best choice for a serious , but still young player. Thanks so much! Edited on March 4: Okay Folks! Boy am I happy I came here! My son and I took a drive to the Guitar Center today. He spent 3 1/2 hours playing all the basses he could get his hands on. And like many of you said, there was one that really spoke to him. He liked the Fender Jazz very much, he thought it sounded great, but it just didn't feel like the one. He did NOT like the Ibanez, which is what he was leaning towards from what he had read and seen on the web. The bass that just felt like home was a Warwick. He played a fretless Warwick which sounded UNBELIEVABLE, he played it so well. He loved it, but he said if he were only going to have one bass, he would prefer the fretted 4 string for what he called the Slap factor (? lol). SO the one he completely fell for was the Warwick Thumb-4. I think we got an okay deal on it, 1199. and an awesome thickly padded case by Levy's. We can search for a better price and they will match it. I can't tell you how cool it was to see him light up when he played that bass. Wow! SO THANK YOU to all of you, for all of your help! As you can see... I got the supporting membership as soon as we got home!