I've been trying to find a new bass in the price range of around $1000 or less ( I can go higher, but would rather not), but I'm having a hard time finding anything I like. Maybe someone here can help point me somewhere I hadn't thought about. Here'e what I'm looking for: 1. 24 fret neck. I've been playing one for the last ten years, and going to a 21 or 22 fret neck at this point would feel very strange. Most Fender style bass necks feel too short and stumpy to me for this reason. 2. Silver or black hardware. I think gold harware is ugly. Nothing against anyone who likes it. I just don't like gold in general. 3. Paint finishes, or the ability to get a dark black stain. I don't want a wood grained bass. Again, just my personal preference, but I think wood grain is ugly. 4. Four strings only. 5. Passive electronics. I just don't like active electronics. Again, that's just me. 6. It has to look cool. Cool like a Ric or Thunderbird or Ripper. You get the idea. 7. No Peavey, Carvin, or Ibanez. I'm biased. So sue me. I'm sure they all make very nice instruments, but I just can't see myself getting on stage with one of these things. The only thing I've found so far that seems to match up with what I'm looking for (besides my current bass, which I love) is the Warwick Streamer Standard. I plan on playing one of these when I can find one near me, but everything I read here seems to imply that it is not a well made instrument. And FWIW, I play with a pick, and do not play slap bass. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.