O.k here's what i'm workin with. I play an American Deluxe P-bass right now. 22 frets (not sure what size scale that is), P pup at the neck and double jazz at the bridge, active electronics, 3 band eq, and it's string thru. I love the bass, it sounds great. But I need something different. I need, absolutely need a jazz bass. I'm looking for a normal scale (no added frets), I've never had a passive bass so I think I'm going to go with passive pups, and I have about $1,000.00 to spend. I think the biggest problem is the neck. Too long and too wide. I'd like a smaller neck to help me move around a little better, I've shorter fingers and I played football for a very long time so I've had some broken fingers. I like really low action but I like it to be tight as well, I know it can be set up but some basses react better to lower action than others. I really like the Fender j-bass bodies but I'm not real worried about that. As far as sound I'm just looking for a tight low end and highs that are actually going to stand out. The only real problem with my basses sound is that the highs have no presence. They're twangy no matter what eq or strings I use. I like the almost bassy jazz bass sound in the highs. And a nice almost fretless wah in the mids. I have yet to find a jazz bass with these characteristics other than a standard Fender J-bass but I'm not real crazy about those. I also haven't had the chance to play many basses other than Fender, Warwick, and Ibanez (what I've found at Guitar Center). So please please please . I'm desperate. Thanks and sorry it was so long.