So I've been playing bass for about 3 - 4 years now and that entire time I've been jamming on a soungear ibanez bass that was given to me as a gift. It's a cheap bass for sure but I've done a ton of work on it and gotten it to sound really good. Currently I have some Legend DR Flatwounds on there and some custom made foam mutes so i can get a really funky and punchy sound (punchy is more because of my technique though). But I think it's time that I start looking at a new bass, one that'll get me through college and be more reliable through sessions and gigs. At first I was looking at some fender jazz basses because a bunch of my favorite players use them (joe dart, jaco, a ton of others) but every time I've gone to music shops to try out some I have been a little disappointed with them. However, whenever I go to a music shop and play a stingray I feel at home. I love the tone and the feel of them, and my gut's telling me that it's the way to go. A bunch of my other favorite players also use them (louis johnson, joe dart again, fernando rosa, pretty much any funk guy) That being said, I have heard some poignant criticisms of stingrays, like that they are not versatile, they sound terrible in certain genres, and that they sound nasaly in mixes. I personally believe that versatility is a matter of the player and how well they can imitate genres, but that's just one opinion. So what do you guys think would be best for me? For reference, my favorite genres to play are funk, blues, jazz, RnB, and fusion.