I'm looking for a nice 4 or 5 string bass. With my new work bonus I have finally saved about $1250. I'm looking for a new 4 to 5 string bass guitar for under $1000 because I want a save a good wad of cash to buy accesories like strings, stand, case, and possibly new electronics if needed. I have been playing about three years now, I play a lot of prog/ska/rock/punk/blues/jazz, almost anything with a cool hard bass sound. I presently have a Fender Special Edition P bass with a split one coil pick up. I have a Me-50B BOSS bass pedal and two Rumble bass amps, a 60 Watt and a 100 Watt. I have been to several guitar centers and tried a couple fenders and such although I have no true Idea of what to look for. I would prefer to upgrade to active pickups, and either a more vintage or modern looking bass although as I said earlier, no idea what I should really be looking at. So I am open to any suggestions and when I say suggestions I also want to know of any of your haggling techniques and if their would be anything that I should add on to make my new bass a really kickarse. Danke.