Sorry about the wall of text, but I need to explain things before my questions. So, I am new here, which is probably pretty obvious, so I figure I should probably give you a little history on my bass playing so I can get feedback on what bass to get. I've been playing bass for over 5 years. I currently play in our high school's top jazz band (which has won in it's division in the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, so it's nothing to scoff at), and in several rock bands. In terms or lessons, I had lessons for about a year from the guitar player from An Dochas (A local celtic fusion band that can be found on iTunes), and I have had several clinics, the most notable being with the bass player from the University of Idaho's wind ensemble and the bass player from the school's top jazz band, both of which were 1 on 1 clinics. So, even though I've only been playing for 5 years, I'm not bad at all. I know my theory, I know when and what to play. The thing I'm not too experienced on is buying new equipment. I've had the same bass for all 5 years. It's an Ibanez Ergodyne EDB 600. It has served me well over the past, but it's time to move on. I've only had quite a bit of experience playing a couple other basses, which include another Ibanez, a Thunderbird IV, a double bass (I play this the majority of the time in the jazz band). I've played briefly with a Fender Squire, Gibson SG bass, Epiphone viola bass, Musicman Stingray, and newer Ibanez Ergodyne. I'm am looking for a bass that could give me a tone heard in bands like Wolfmother and Led Zeppelin. So, a couple questions I have are: 1. When I played it, I hated the feel of the Gibson SG, but I never got a chance to plug it in. I've been looking pretty seriously at a Gibson Les Paul bass, but I wouldn't have a chance to play it before I would buy it, so I would have to be very sure that I want it. For those that have one, or have played one, is the feel good, and does it sound good? 2. Is a Fender Jazz Bass worth taking a look at? 3. I really liked the feel of the Epiphone viola bass, but I never got to plug this one in either. How does it sound? 4. I'm looking for a bass that can last me a long time, can play well in a jazz as well as rock scenario, and is high quality, but I can't really go over $1500. What basses would you recommend? 5. I've narrowed the choices I am considering so far down to a Gibson Les Paul, Musicman Stingray, and Fender Jazz Bass. The only one I have played so far is the Stingray, since I haven't really played a ton of basses. For those that have played at least two of those basses, which one would you recommend (the feel and the sound of the bass are both very important to me)? Thank you very much for reading my wall of text, and for your answers.