I'm a relative newbie to bass playing (9 months) but have 25 years of G****R playing experience. I'm looking for a better axe, but don't have a load of cash to spend. Here's what I'm looking for: 5 string 35" scale Active electronics Pickup pan control instead of separate volumes MSRP around $1,000 or less I'm pretty much leaning towards a Schecter Stiletto Studio 5 which is pretty well loaded up, but I haven't found any reviews on it. Apparently it's a fairly new bass. I'm also considering a Lakland Skyline 55-01 but I'm loathe to plunk down for one unless I get a chance to play it. I'm gonna have to make a 100 mile road trip to the nearest Lakland dealer. I've read the neck is a tad chunky and I have fairly small hands so this is a concern. Washburn 2502 is also in the running but the only color for the 5-string is butt-heinous ugly IMO. So, any feedback on the above models? Any recommendations for cool basses in my price range to check out?