I've been playing bass for about three years now, on a Squier J-bass. It's going quite well, and since I'm playing in a few bands now, I thought I'd start looking around for something fancier I've never really looked too much into other basses, so I'm not too knowledgeable about what I should be looking for. I'll probably look around for some second hand basses around where I live, and visit the local music stores, but some general direction and/or things to look out for could be very helpful. Some points: I'm mostly playing jazz at this point (smaller ensembles and a big band), although some excursions into light funk and reggae are common as well. Nothing heavy though, I stay far away from that. I'm finding the action on my Squier is a little too hard, especially when I'm playing for a longer time. My hands aren't too big or strong, so something that plays a little easier would be nice. I quite like a round, fat tone. But of course having a choice is always better I generally play with different amps, depending on where I am and what's available. I've noticed that the Squier sounds quite nice on some amps, but sucks on others. Some versatility there would also be cool. EDIT: two more things: I'm not looking for anything too pricey, since it's just amateur stuff right now. I'm definately willing to shell out a bit more than for the Squier, but nothing in the thousands range. I've never played a five string, and I'm a little wary of starting with it. Any thoughts there? That's all I can think of for now. Any advice is most appreciated!