Okay, I am getting ready to begin playing bass been playing guitar for a few years. I was previously decided on the bass I wanted, but not the amp or effects I would need. When I posted questions about amps/effects everyone seemed to be talking me out of my choice in bass, so please help me decide on a bass to meet my needs. First, I will be playing everything from Stoner Rock such as Kyuss type stuff, to funk a la Bootsy Collins. I want a bass that Ill be happy with because Ill be stuck with it for a while. Below are some preferences: 1. I prefer neck thru. 2. I prefer active electronics. 3. I hate the old school style of bass saddles, whatever they are called. The bass that I had decided on previously was the Epiphone Thunderbird PRO IV. This isnt same as the standard as it is neck thru (7 piece neck), has active electronics, has an upgraded bridge/saddles from the standard, and the strap button was moved to counteract neck dive. I like this bass because it has the features I like, and I like it a lot aesthetically. I need a bass guitar, preferably new, for $400 or less a 4 string, but wouldnt disregard a good 5 string if it met my budget and other preferences. I plan to play mostly for myself, though I may jam with or possibly sit in with a local indie rock band at some small gigs. Ive had people suggest a stingray or jazz bass, and looked at some of the OLP stingrays but Im not especially impressed. If you make a suggestion, please let me know why. Im in a position where I know a little about regular electric guitars but my knowledge doesnt all translate over to bass guitar so Im not absolutely sure what I want/need.