Hey guys. 1st time poster here. Hope you can give me a hand. I've been out of the music scene for roughly 9 years, no longer have my old mim jazz bass, and am in the market for a new bass guitar. I have a budget of around $500, and noticed there are sooo many new brands out there I really feel kind of overwhelmed to make a safe decision. Is there any way you can point me in the right direction for some quality guitars, as well as steer me away from infamous brands. Obviously, I will be going to my local music store to play around with what they have there, but their selection is rather limited. I play math/grunge/garage rock, I am not too concerned about looks, but just tonal versatality and reliability/quality. Thanks in advance.