I've always loved bass, and I'm going to finally start playing (I'm currently a guitarist) soon, and I'm wondering what I should buy for my first bass. I'm looking for a good solid axe that will last me a long time and will play well. I'm a poor student, so I dont have much money available. My price limit is that of a Mexican Fender J or P. I want a bass that will cover good musical ground, and will work nicely for slap and pop work. I'll probably be (trying to) play everything from jazz, to funky stuff to metal (mainly melodic death metal, such as old In Flames, Opeth, Dark Tranquility etc). The current candidates would be the MIM Fender Jazz Bass or one of the SX rondos, although I'm in England so I would have to pay much more for the rondos (about $90 more). I'm actually tempted by the fretlesses too (love the sound) , but I'm thinking it would be unwise. Any suggestions on what to buy? Thanks.