Well it has gotten to the point where I am working full time and living at home so I can build up some funds and replace my Renegade P copy and practice amp I thought I wanted a bongo but I'm in a dilema... I play most my stuff solo, I like stu hamm's tone with his sig bass, however I also play in a band with hard or progressive rock. I guess we kinda sound like Dream Theater(minus being awsome haha) or some Muse type stuff. And I need to sit well in the mix. I know the basses I've listed are what people call apples, oranges and well donuts? But they are the ones that have caught my eye. What I want. -Neck that isnt huge, and is not glossy(sticky like a geddy sig) -Tone1: piano like for tapping, and refined for alone -Tone2: the bongo tone! aggressive, fat, and cutting. -pickups: well as long as there is plenty room for slap(bongo hh? hmm) So the Bongo gives me tone 2 and the lakland gives me that mellow refined tone 1. Can either of them do both well? I'm also kinda worried about the bongo neck pickup cluttering my popping area. I already know I cant buy both, I'll probably be buying over ebay, to save costs as i am a university student. I'm not picky about MIA... I mean, skylines are really well built, or i've heard. Both basses are supposed to be very versatile. But like people say, apples and oranges... neither can do both am i correct? So I want to mix a stu hamm tone with an aggressive one... possible? I'm looking to spend <$1000.