I am looking for a 5-string bass in the near future. I have looked at several basses but I can't find exactly what I am looking for. The exception is the ESP F255. This bass really caught my eye. My question is, what is the best bass you can find new for $500-750? I would like a 5-string with most of the same feature as the ESP (EMG or comparable pups, neck-thru construction, etc.) How does the ESP F255 compare with say, Ibanez or Schecter in the same price range? How does the ESP compare with any brands that you have experience with in this price range? I play mostly with a pick but I am getting into finger style now as well. I play mostly metal but I also like classical music transcribed for the bass. Anyway, any of your input on this subject is welcome. Thanks.