I am planning to buy my first bass. I thought I had a good idea of what I was looking for but when I went to Sam Ash yesterday I was a bit overwhelmed. Most of the basses I had been looking for weren't there and I really wasn't sure about what to get. I played a lot of basses but I wasn't sure what I wanted. I know there are probably a dozen or so threads like this but those didn't help me out. I have a budget of around 300 for the bass. I can go higher but not more than 400. I am looking for a decent bass that I will be able to play for a while before I move on to better basses. I also want a bass that will be very flexible on the sound it makes. I am still not sure what my style is going to be so I want to experiment. I was looking at a Yamaha RBX374 which had good reviews. But I didn't find it at Sam Ash and I am not a big fan of its looks. I also saw several Ibanez models but I had not done much research on it so I was a bit lost. There were also several Washburn and Squire models that fit my price range (although if the Squire basses have the same quality as the Squire guitars... then I am not sure if I want to get one). I just want some good advice on what to look for. I don't want to have a bass that later I will be dying to replace.