Right now I play a Schecter elite 5, and want to find a $750-ish bass for playing slap and fingerstyle funk with a good tone for rock/alternative. I love the Schecter, except that the string spacing is just too close to be clean with slap. The D is impossible to pop; I just can't get my finger under it with the G so close. I need something with a fairly wide spacing, maybe even a bit too wide for most. I have to travel a good distance to get to a decent music store where I live, so could you point me towards a couple of brands, and their plus and minus points so I can plan a few trips to go try out basses? Lakland perhaps?? I used to have a Ibanez btb which was pretty decent(spacing and neck and all), but the electronics were horribly noisy and worthless for recording, so I had to sell it.