Hi all. I need some advice on this major indecision. I am a musician (guitar, bass, etc.), but I am actually shopping around for a bass to give my wife. She is also a musician. She plays a Fender Precision bass (that she has had for 20 years), but she finds it very big, heavy, and cumbersome. And she has tiny hands. I think she would transition nicely to a short scale bass. (She plays exclusively with a "pick" and plays indie/alternative music like The Pixies, Bloc Party, and Interpol, with some hints of blues and folk.) I set out to find her a Fender (or something comparable) in the $450 - $500 range. I quickly narrowed the selection down to the Squier VM Jaguar SS (which is way below what I am prepared to spend) and the current lineup of Fender Mustang basses (which are above my target price). I worry the Squier won't be appealing to someone who plays a Fender P-Bass. How good can the sound and playability be on a $175 bass? I'm willing to go up and spend the extra on the Fender Mustang if it is really that much better. Yes, these are two different classes of instrument (intro level vs. something intended for real use), but I keep hearing really good things about the Squier VM Jaguar SS. How do these basses really stack up to one another? Is the Mustang significantly better? Then there is the Mustang dilemma. If I go with a Mustang, what is the real difference between the standard single coil version and the Pawn Shop with a humbucker p-up? Is the humbucker really as bad as I hear? Frankly, if the standard Fender Mustang came in any other colors, I wouldn't be asking any of these questions--I would have bought one by now. I like the weight and feel, but I have a hard time getting excited about Vintage White. I really like the red and sunburst options for the Pawn Shop Mustang, but that means going with a humbucker. So I'm trying to wrap my head around these choices that you can't actually see/hear/test since none of the shops keep them in stock. (Ok, I tried the standard Vintage Mustang at a shop around the corner, but I have nothing to compare it to.) Any thoughts would be hugely appreciated. Thanks.