Bacchus is the best bang for your buck, and no shame, they are premium instruments (they have all price ranges, but their cheapest MIJ are crazy good). Atelier Z is similar, but more expensive. And Yamaha is "cheap" for a flagship made in Japan (Ibanez = 3000USD, Yamaha 2000USD or so). ESP is la creme de la creme, but it is extremely expensive. Sugi are boutique basses, but I wouldn't buy one without playing them (they are like 4K USD up). And lastly, I want to mention Killer. Great brand, and as the name might imply, 100% rock oriented.