Ok, I'm new to bass, and right now I am playing on my dad's Gibson Ripper 4-string, but I would like to get myself a new bass. Basically what I'm looking for is a 6-string with string spacing that's wide enough to slap, but narrow enough to fret somewhat easily. The reason I want 6 strings is because I want to get into learning solo, and I think it will be helpful to have that full range of notes to work with. I figure a 6 can do just about anything a 4 can do, but when it comes to melodic solo playing, a 4 can't always match a 6. Keep in mind that I'm pretty much a beginning bass player, so it doesn't have to be a Zon Sonus 6 in Bubinga here, but I want something that's well made, has good intonation, and is very playable. Oh, and it would be nice if it didn't cost a fortune. < $500 would be nice if possible, but if I have to go up to $600-$700 to get what I need, I'll consider it. One last thing, need a small, in expensive practice amp. Something with a good range since I'm working with 6 strings. But again, don't need a $10,000 Eden\Bag End setup, just something that sounds nice and is loud enough to practice with. Any suggestions? Thanx!