My main style of music is college (alternative,indie,whatever-its-called-nowadays) rock. Bands like Superchunk, Replacements, Pixies, etc... Also played in some '60s garage/rock/pop type bands. I switched over from guitar a couple of years ago, and so far I like the low end. Another band I am starting now has its roots in '80s hardcore/NYHC, stuff like Cro Mags, Agnostic Front, although I wish it were slower stuff like the Jesus Lizard. The first bass I purchased was a MIM Jazz bass with flat strings. Being my first bass, I didn't know what to expect, but I never cared for the sound. I think the main problem was I was using a pick with flat strings, so I never got any bite. Did some research, and it seems like P-basses are more common in rock. I could have switched strings, but instead... I got a P-bass. A G&L LB-100 to be exact. Now I got the sound I was looking for. Up-front, cutting through, all that good stuff. Been playing it for over two years. Gigged out with it, recorded a few songs, never failed me. I liked the minimal controls. But the neck has been getting to me. Too wide for my tastes, especially coming from the guitar world. Sometimes I play roots really low (like in G), and my fingers ache after a bit. So ... I got a Rickenbacker! Played it yesterday for the first time, and the neck was perfect. Don't know what strings it had on, but my fingers were gliding all over the neck. So much fun to play. You can hear and feel the difference when switching the pickups, unlike the Jazz bass. The output of the 4001 is much lower than the G&L, so I might have to play around with things more. Now I am up to three basses, but I really only want to keep two. The alternative rock stuff is in E, while the hardcore will be in Eb, but I have no problems tuning up/down between bands. Learning to play more with my fingers, but I really love the quarter note thump with a pick. I haven't played the Jazz bass ever since I got my G&L over two years ago. I heard flats sound good on a P-bass, so I am thinking about switching strings between the Fender and G&L, and then selling the Fender. What would you do? P.S. I am also open to exploring other basses which might fit me, just keep in mind I am a lefty.