I'm a 20 year guitar player and I'm about to buy my first bass. No, this isn't a blind, first post, asking the difference between a P and J and all the typical stuff (I've already read all of those!). To the contrary, for the past couple months I have been to every local store and tried everything I could get my hands on, which has been a lot: Ibanez of all kinds, Fender and Squier P, J, Jag, Mustang PJ, JMJ Mustang, Lakland, Hofner, and Danelectro. Sure, I've asked friends for opinions and I've been told you MUST get a P or MUST get a J or long scale, etc. Everyone has an opinion and usually a strong one. Most say stick with full-scale. Rare is the guy who says get whatever feels best. I think I've narrowed my choices down to three models -- a Fender Jazz, the Justin Meldal-Johnsen (JMJ) Mustang Bass, and a Danelectro 59DC long scale. This is where I need a little guidance from experienced players who have owned or tried these, or have experience behind their opinions. Here are my thoughts and reasons: Jazz -- It's one of the all-time standards, the neck has easy playability (the P was harder for me), I like the offset feel sitting, and it's easily upgradeable. I don't really see a negative, other than choosing from the gazillion of models and avoiding a boat-anchor (weight). I'd probably go with a cheaper offering - $800 or less. JMJ Mustang -- I love the size, the neck felt very comfortable, and the tone seemed quite versatile for what it was. Very suited for indie music, and this one seems to be highly regarded and a bargain compared to vintage mustangs. Even so, I'd prefer to find one used, since I'm just starting out. (FWIW, I tried the PJ Mustang and didn't think it compared. I preferred the string-through, pickups, and did not like the 3-way switch). Danelectro -- I haven't tried the short-scale longhorn, because I can't find any locally, but I just tried the full-scale DC59 yesterday and it really surprised me. I liked the tone, the super light weight, and I found the neck shape to be super comfortable. Also, incredible bang for the buck. I really like that it's full scale, but easy to play. My only reservation is that my newbie ear doesn't know if this is a versatile enough instrument, or more of a one-trick-pony or niched piece of gear. Thanks in advance for any help. My goal is to find one bass for a while and learn to play before I ever think about adding more instruments. I spent 20 years buying and flipping guitars and I'm pretty sure I'm going to primarily be a guitar player, who plays a little keys, a little bass, and does some home recording -- no delusions of grandeur here.