Hi - A Friend of mine is helping me get into this talkbass thing. Very neat! I'm off the bench after a long hiatus and there are so many bass choices these days! I'm old school, so my starting point is a Fender Jazz Bass. But even that is not a easy choice now. I guess I want pasive pick ups, so that narows it down a bit. My buddy has shown me several postings on Jazz basses here, so I'm much more up to snuff on things now. I am looking for a good classy Jazz bass sound and I want to do it up right from the start. But I need a little more help from some of you hot shots Question 1: In picking up a Fender I like the American Standard. It had pasive pick ups and such. I liked to the Mexican version (not quite as solid though). Am I right that the Deluxe is active? Are there any signature basses that make a classic sound? All of them artist basses are really confusing. Question 2: I have only read about some new cats on the scene making their own jazz copies. A few have caught my reading. Do you have any news on these beyond the basic facts about what woods they are made of? - Mike Lull - Lakland, Joe Osborne - Sadowsky's - Modulus Vintage Jazz (This has a graphite neck inside the wood . Goodness me!) Any comments about these picks and about other picks would be appreciated. I'm overwelmed and i might just buy a Standard American Jazz bass, but I hate to leave stones unturned.