I need to put my bass in for a tune-up, but the tech I use has a 2 week backlog, so I'm looking for a backup or replacement for my Ibanez EX series, EXB445, 5-string bass. I like the string spacing and tone of my bass and would like something similar for definitely less than $800. I've looked at the Ibanez SG series, but I'm a little nervous about switching to an active pickup system. I've also looked at Carvins, but I'm nervous about not playing one before buying. I play in a hard rock band if that helps (think Smashing Pumpkins, Creed, etc.).