So a guy offered me his Geddy CIJ for my Sterling Ray 35 or just cash; he said whatever I decided, he's fine with it. I am tempted so bad to get the Geddy but I forgot I was in dire GAS of a precision bass, as a lot of you may know. So I got a fat paycheque last week which makes it even better. Here's my dilemma: 1. Get the Geddy and have about $400 or more left over for upgrades or save up. 2. Get cash and have over $1000 to spend on a brand new bass (heck even an MIA!). Problem is: I went to Tom Lee, another music instrument dealer today in downtown Vancouver. They have more selections of AFFORDABLE basses than L&M. I played these basses: a Squier VM '77 jazz bass with pearl inlays and binding ( *drool), a red MIM Fender Jazz with rosewood made in 2010 ( I think), a Geddy Lee MIM jazz, a MIM Fender P and J (both in arctic white and with maple fretboards). Here's how I felt about these basses. Squier VM '77: amazingly thin neck and pickups roared really really well. Yucky Strat knobs but that didn't affect playability. The neck itself almost made my impulse buy it. I soloed each pickup and I A/B'ed it with the MIM Fender Jazz in arctic white. Couldn't hear any inferiority from the Squier or any superiority from the Fender. The nice finish on the back of the neck made it easy to move around and it was a hot day today so I expected any finish on the basses to be a bit sticky but this one wasn't. It played beautifully. ALMOST bought it...ALMOST....Price was USED $299.99 CAD. Wow. Setup was superb; it was absolutely fantastically wow. Such wow. So Squier. Very surprise. Much unexpected. Geddy Lee MIM: New strings were on it: I guess it was a new delivery. Played amazing and that signature super thin neck was easy to get around on. Love the black bindings and inlays. I hate how they upped the prices on these already inflated artist Fender models: 899.99 is already a PITA for me beforehand. Setup was good: a slight relief on the neck. Considering how I had setup issues with the BAII before, this one was killer. The BAII was set up just right; no fret buzz of any painful kingd no matter how hard I attacked the strings. The pickups were oddly mounted: not even below the strings: it was too low on the D and G side (bridge pickup) too high on the E and A. Neck pickup was almost screwed into the cavity where I almost couldn't anchor my thumb on top of the pickup. Way to go, guys. 979.99 CAD. Not worth it if I can get the CIJ from the guy. Red MIM Jazz: short and simple. Yuck. It was like no one bothered cleaning it after dozens of people played it. Sticky neck, strings were old, action was ridiculously high. New bass too so it was $649.99. Pass. MIM Fender P with maple: nice stock pickups and it boomed like crazy. The guy in the other practice room asked me why my amp was loud: I showed him that the amp was set to Volume 1 and EQ was flat and showed him the p-bass I was playing. He gave me "that" nod and walked away. It was honestly the best precision bass I have ever played. Sure, the neck was a bit chunky (chunkier than the MIAs I've tried out), but that contributed to the fat roaring sound it gave out. It actually shook the walls and people were like "Wowwww........". The pickups still had the plastic covering on them so it MUST'VE been new. I really love that bass now but is it worth the $629.99? Eh, I'm not so sure but it did feel real nice to have a brand new Fender P-Bass in my hands. Fresh from Ensenada, Mexico. Fender Mexico has definitely stepped up their game in terms of quality. I daresay it can match up against any MIA bass. Quality-wise. Sound-wise...unless Mexico decides, with approval, to produce their own aftermarket pickups.... MIM Fender J with maple: Same colour and fretboard as the Fender P. Pickups were a tad bit weak, but definitely better than the POS pair I have on my current MIM. Strings were a bit dead so I couldn't get the best out of this bass. I really do love the arctic white colour Fender is making; might even consider buying that body from Fender. Definitely better than the Red Fender I've tried out, too. I'm in the market for a Fender Precision Bass. So lost. I'm meeting the guy tomorrow and I keep emailing him about changing my mind. So...what would YOU do if you were in my place.