my folks told me they'd buy me a musicman stingray/stingray 5 (think the five) if I got all As in school. Being the kind of ADD diagnosed student that I am, that seems a little out-of-the question for now. (I'll come kinda close if I really try hard) My friend who records for us's father was the sound tech for the Kenedy center in DC for 30 years, so he knows some **** about this. He said the bass was really muddy and undefined. He experimented with different things; he cleaned the pots, used all types of direct-box settings, (we line from the amp into a direct box. Having played other basses through my amp, we found the prob wasn't the amp, and is most likely my bass. I need a bass that my parents will consider getting me. It doesn't have to have a fancy price tag, but it can't sound like crap, like my current RBX-260. I'm not sure about the price range, but it's gotta be cheap. Any suggestions?