From now on, when someone is on a $600-$800 spending budget for a new bass, and just needs a step up bass to gig with, I will always say MIM Active Fender Jazz. I just played one after my bass lesson... HOLY **** Best sounding and most comfortable bass I have EVER played. It was so freakin punchy, yet had this growl to it... It was amazing... I was playing it through a Peavey Basic112... it sounded like it was running through a peavey 4x10 with a firebass head or something... Just amazing. So, in answer to all your questions, MIM Jazz.