I think I'm going to buy a bass soon, in the $400-$600 range. I've had Ibanez Soundgears before and I liked them, but I'm wondering if I might be better off with a MIM Fender Jazz or Precision. The Active Jazz Standard looked pretty cool. I also saw a candy red Deluxe Precision in a shop the other day that looked great. Would you say the MIM Fenders are the best bet in that price range? Are active electronics needed in the J bass, or is the passive version decent enough? I don't know if this helps, but I'm into metal (Iced Earth, Nevermore, In Flames, etc), but I'd like to be able to play anything. Maybe the Soundgear would be better. Any opinions appreciated. Thanks! BTW, nice forum!