Caution: long winded and rambling post. If you don't feel like reading, just name a great 4-string fretted bass and tell me why you like it. During my few years as "big stick hitty guy" in various bands, I've been through the following basses: -Kay precision deluxe cardboard bass o' death -Ibanez something-or-other (I think the model number was TR something) -Dean (not sure what model, maybe Edge series) 6-string with a two-by-four for a neck -Yamaha RBX765A I'm currently playing the Yamaha, which sounds pretty sweet but has painfully high action (despite my many futile attempts to lower it.) Not good, considering that I'm trying to learn to tap and I'd like to not develop tendonitis, carpal tunnel and what not before I turn 21. Also, I find that the fifth string sounds terrible and just gets in my way most of the time. So, I'm saving for a nice high-end bass with significantly lower action and possibly a "faster" neck. I'm looking primarily in the used/ebay market to save money, considering that any bass will likely receive some scratches and dents in my care. I plan to spend about $1500, but will go lower than that if the bass satisfies me, or higher if the bass has something extra that really pleases me. I think I'm going for a 4-string fretted, but I'm not sure about the neck. I like the look of a neck-thru, but bolt-on might be more practical for me. Not sure if it will make any difference in my playing. In the realm of basic Fender axes, I've found that I greatly prefer precision basses over jazz basses. There are just too many brands and models to choose from, especially with so many extremely high-end secondhand basses being affordable through ebay, bassgear, etc. Right now I'm leaning towards Zon, though. If I perhaps wanted to spend less money, I'd go with a nice P-bass, Musicman, Peavey Cirrus, MTD kingston or Lakland Skyline. Any suggestions?