Have you checked out R Basses? I've looked for YEARS trying to find a bass with killer playability, ridiculous tone, and a good price!! I found a guy who posts all the time on bassgear.com named Dave Jones. He works with a luthier in NY named Ray Rogers. Dave sells these R Basses through his online site....I was HIGHLY skeptical about buying an instrument that not only have I never seen before, but never played!!! Something, however made me move ahead and order it.....well, I've owned literally every high end manufacturer's bass, and after I went through and did a very meticulous setup, I WAS BLOWN AWAY!!!!! It smoked EVERY bass in my collection!!! Action so low I can barely fit a credit card under the G at the 24th fret, NO BUZZES, and talk about TONE!!!!! It came with Bart jazz pickups and the most KILLER HazLab preamp...3 band, mid voiced correctly (for me at 250), and totally versitile! I paid 2200, which compared to other 5-6000$ basses I've had, I should have been arrested for highway robbery! It has a nice lightweight alder body, rosewood top plate, matching plate on the headstock, and a very sweet ebony board...now, I normally dislike ebony, but this particular piece works very well in conjunction with the other woods....check out bassgear.com, and look under R Basses in the search engine...try ads about 30 days old.....Dave Jones and Ray not only treated me first class, but have made every effort to take care of any tweaking I've wanted done....totally first class customer service!!! Has anybody else had an experience with these basses??? Lemme know, cause I'm SOLD!!