I live in northern california, and I went to Gordons music and sound to try out a bunch of basses to try to learn something and I took a few basses to try out on a 300 watt Trace Elliot 300 watt 210 combo. I tried a Ibanez SR500, Schecter Omen, SRX300, and some other schector that was a bit more "classical" versy Lakland'ish , and a Fender Zone bass. (ALL the basses I tried are active) SR500: (MIK) Bartolini MK1 pickups,walnut body I think,typicial SR shape and feel to it. (They're not REAL Bart pups, just the name) This was the most comfy of all the basses. It a good sound, clear, versatile, and the neck was heavenly. It was so comfortable I didn't even notice the body on my chest when I was sitting down, nice bass. SRX300: (MIK) Basswood body,SRX standard pickups, simple electronics. I could definetly feel the diffrerence between SRX and SR here. The neck was a bit bigger and the body, much bulkier. The first thing I noticed was it was LOUD. The SRX was nice to play and I loved the knob design.(simple and effective) Just like everyone says,If you versatility and comfort get a SR, and if you just want a good rocker -SRX time! Fender Zone: (MIM) Alder body, single coil PJ pups, string-through-body bridge, jazz neck, and no pickgaurd. I'll be honest, after hearing soapbars, the PJ config. didn't impress me. It's a cool bass though, the body was nice, the neck was fine. Wasn't all that loud though. sounded best with both pickups even. Buy some replacment pups and this thing would be killer though. But it's okay in general. Schector Diamond series ????: (MIK) Jazz neck, J+MM pups,STB bridge, I don't know about the body. 6-bolt neck. Very simillar to Lakland in the looks department. I dont know the name of this bass. I do know its from the Diamond series. It has a jazz-like neck. J+MM "design by Duncan" pups, string through body bridge, and more "Fenderish" headstock. It had a pretty cool sound. I liked the deepness of the MM pickup. I was a little skeptical of the whole J+MM thing beforehand. But this bass changed me. The MM sound wasn't and thunderous as a EB Musicman bass, but it was alright. I liked it best with both pickups even. I didn't care for the neck all that much though. It was kind of...olily and laminated feeling/looking while all the others were just smooth wood. It's not a bad thing, just a personal preference. The most unique sounding bass of the group. I'm definetly going to consider a J+MM bass in the future. I will say though that compared to the higher up Peavey J+MM basses, this one wooped them in feel and punch IMO. Schecter Omen: (MIK) Big Basswood body,Diamond series soapbars, simple diamond pattern knobs,normal bridge, and standard shector 2+2 neck. Also, 6-bolt neck. This bass. Man, it is one of those basses you feel and play and it just says "YOU". I like this bass alot. I like tone very much. The neck was nice, the body was the heavier of the 5 next to the other Schecter. The only bass that wasn't quieter than this was the SRX. Something about it's tone just grabbed me. All the other basses were nice but this was just me. Once again I like it with the pickups even. Summary: SR500: Versatility and VERY comfortable SRX300: A good all around loud rocker. Zone: Familiar feeling "Classical" Schector: Unique sound, but there's other J+MM's. Omen: Good all around feel,sound,looks,and versatility. I seriously might consider the Omen, I really liked that bass. I need a new bass bad too. I carved sqaures in my crappy little squeir P just trying to loosen/tighten the tuners. And it's only 350 bucks. What do you guys thinks? Any opinions or sugesstions on the following?