Hello~ My son has been taking bass lessons for several months now and is using a neighbors old bass guitar. He has saved his money and we wish to purchase a new bass. After visiting several stores and playing a few different types and brands of instruments, he has decided he likes two models. I'd like some opinions on each. I dont know if the store clerks can give an unbiased opinion, and I'd also like to know what else we might want to consider. He likes the Ibanez srx700 and the Fender Aerodyne. Both are in the 550-650 price range. He can go up to 700, if need be. After talking to him, I think the reason he likes these two are the slightly thinner necks. He is 14, and although big for his age, I think these guitars are easier for him to play. They seem to "fit his body" better. From looking at posts, I'm confused over the competing attributes of these guitars. The Fender has a bolt-on neck, the Ibanez a through body. The Fender is light, but that might be bad? I guess what I'm asking is, are either of these a BAD choice? Will he be unhappy later? Should we consider other guitars, and if so, any recommendations in that range? I would ideally like to think he'd get some years of use out of the guitar because its a lot of money for him. Thanks for any and all opinions!