Yes, it's another of those annoying "help me choose a new bass" threads and isn't even my first. It even has a poll for added lack of imagination. I'm in one of those fortunate positions where I can gratuitously indulge my GAS. I'd like to make it clear from the start that I really don't need a new bass, I already have a fantastic bass on order that should arrive soon, and the missus will Disapprove. Strongly. My playing ability barely warrants even one bass let alone <cough>several</cough>. But as things have turned out, I'm owed some money, so I could either do the sensible thing and save it or I could blow it on a new PC and a new bass. Guess which one will happen? The main contender for my GAS at the moment is one of those blueburst Rickys; partly driven by the fact that it's not only the first Ricky that I like the look of, but I like it a lot. And, although I've never been entirely comfortable with more severe examples of its tone, so many influential bass players have used it (Lemmy, Alan Davey, Paul McCartney to mention just a few) that there must be something in it. Or I could get the Fender US P that I've wanted for the last 20 years. Every time I've chosen a new bass it's been 2nd choice so after all this time, I've never had one come into my possession, in spite of the fact that it's my all time favourite bass sound and all my biggest influences have used one (JJ Burnel, Steve Harris, Phil Spalding etc etc etc). Alternatively I could always just do the Right Thing and be content with what I've got and learn how to play the bloody things properly. Chris.