I'm considering getting a new bass soon. This'll be my first "real" bass (the only one I have now is a cheap P-bass ripoff made by SX). So far I like the Gibson basses the best, namely the Les Paul and Thunderbird IV. But since the Gibsons are expensive, I'd probably go with Epiphone instead. But now on to my question...does anyone own any of these basses? Or any Gibson bass at all? And can anyone recommend which one would be better, or give me any reason why I shouldn't buy any of these, or perhaps suggest a better bass? I want a good bass that's NOT the Fender P-bass, because frankly I'm not a big fan of it.