**if you don't feel like reading the whole thing then just help me out with the basses I mention or short scales in general. I used the searched but want personalized help, hence the long post** I'll be getting a new bass and amp in a few months for my birthday. Had to sell my fretless VMJ and 180 watt Behringer Ultrabass to pay for a lawyer (long story but I ended up correctly found not guilty, screw crooked cops). I recently discovered that piccolo bass on a short-scale is the S**T. I like being able to jam with bassists and guitarists while providing a unique sound that most bands don't have. Its cool how you can lick it like rhythm guitar (playin lotsa reggae mon), play basslines, and play solos like crazy. If I ever need to play regular bass, I can just play my ABG. So I have about a $1000 limit. I'm putting in $400 of hard-earned money...I really need to make a good investment on a bass and amp that will last me a long time. I'm a college kid with a good girl who I like to take out, and I don't have a lotta cash to spend on bass. Please help me out with any kind of suggestions (if you don't know much about piccolo strings that's fine, just pretend I didn't say anything about 'em & help a player out however you can). So for a bass, I'm thinking about getting one of these (all short-scale): -SX SJB-62 ($109). Played a non-short scale and it felt like butter. -Fender Mustang - a used old school ($650 at GC) or a new one online (around $840). I could have played the old-school all day but I'm not an axe hog. -Dean EVO XM ($200). I've never actually played one, but humbuckers are a big +++ in my book. -Danelectro Dano 63 ($300). Haven't played one of these either, but they look cool. -Ibanez Artcore AGB200 ($500). LOVE the looks and the brown color. Never played this either but its also got humbuckers. -***Ibanez Mikro***($170). This is the bass that's my #1 as of right now. I like how its even smaller scale than 30 inchers (28.6"), which should be great b/c I like piccolo strings & like to "lick it". Piccolo strings are basically halfway between bass and guitar strings. I like how one pup is a jazz and one is a precision. I've heard some talk about problems with the Mikro staying in tune. Hopefully that wouldn't be a problem for me since I'd use short-scale piccolo strings. I haven't played a lot of these basses so please give me some help! Sorry for the long post, but every time I ask a really quick question my thread gets bumped to the bottom quick...man I remember when this site wasn't so busy (Had a different handle back then)...props to the site owner and bassists who've made TalkBass what it is today. I figure I'd explain myself some more this time to make the point that I need ANY help/suggestions I can get, as long as its about short scale. Semi hollow bodies aren't really my thing b/c I haven't played many of them, so I could use some help in that area. I'm going to use the money that I don't spend on the bass to get an amp (workin with $1000 total). Obviously if I get an SX or a Mikro, I can get a really sweet amp. If I spend all my dough on the bass, I won't be able to get a good amp until a LONG time later. ------------------ Quick question: What's the difference between the SX SJB-62 and SX SJB-57? Thank you for any help!