I'm looking for a bass that gives a good sound regardless of how I play it. I mainly use a pic but I want to play with my fingers and slap too. I love American Fenders so here is my problem. The P Bass sounds good with a pic but it doesnt sound to good when played with fingers or slap. There isnt even a good place for me to place my thumb because of the slanted pick-up. The J Bass sounds good when played with fingers but when it comes to a pic and slap, the sound it produces isn't just as good. Perhaps its because I'm not much of a slapper but I want a bass that fits what I am looking for. I've heard about Music Mans and have played a few over the years. I think its a great bass but not for the price tag of $1100 and up. If anyone could just help me out with this situation, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks.