I had written a pretty elaborate post, but submitted without being logged in so i lost it. This is just a summary, cause that stoner move made me mad. Haha I have been playing for 1.5-2 years now. I started with a hohner b-bass which was cool, and nowI'm playing an ibanez edb600. One problem im having is that it just sounds too modern, sometimes i want a classic deep mellow bass sound, you know? Something with actual bass and sustain a la James Jamerson/portishead/ you get the idea. Forget about trying to play those types of lines on a freakin' edb600. The material its made out of just reflects the sound waves, it doesnt really absorb and resonate like a real bass should. the sustain is awful. However, i do enjoy the sound it has esp. for pedalling type of basslines and doing chords. I'm playing w/ a frontman 25b which has all the juice i need at this point, since im just working on stepping my "game" up, and having little jam sessions with synths and guitars. Another problem im having is that some frets seem to have more sustain, while others seem dead. Is it the way my bass is setup? should i have it looked at? Could this be contributing to the lack of mellowness? I suspect it could just be the model. Anyways I have 500 dollars saved up, im thinking about getting a more mellow, classic sounding bass. Would you recomend a p-bass? a j? i heard the j was a relatively bright sounding bass , but i suspect its a different kind of brightness. thanks for your help.