Heh before you all rip into me and tell me Jackons are the worst thing ever hear me out. I've been looking around at some basses and I felt the Jackson CMG concert bass would be my best bet given my budget and the features I need. The reason I say this is that it has active EMGs, a nice feel, and I can get it for around four and change from guitarxpress.com . Now some of you maybe wondering what music I play mostly and the answer is power metal. Before you start getting images of Slipknot and other main stream metal acts you should listen to Symphony X, Stratovarius, Kamelot, etc. That will give an idea of what my band sounds like. I need the active electronics as I tend to do some lead ins and some small solos here and there so a mid boost would be nice to have here and there so I don't drown out everyone else. The bass I have now is a Mexican made Fender P bass deluxe. It has a p/j pick up combo and a Badass bridge. Don't get me wrong it's an awesome bass and all but I need a little more right now. If anyone can comment on some experiences with the Jackson CMG or other basses similar to it I would appreciate it. Also if you have horror stories about guitarxpress.com let me know. One thing I like about them is that they offer the bass for cheaper then any store I've been to and they will set it up before they ship it out. Thanks in advance.