I've looked at several different lines of basses and I am really having a tough time trying to figure out which way to go. Just to give you a little bit of background on me, I have been playing guitar for 6 years now and I have now swapped over to playing bass for the band that I am in. So I am reworking my playing style, going from playing rock guitar to bass and incorporating playing finger style on bass. It been a tough transition from using a pick. Anywho, I want to pick up a 5 string so that have a wider playing range than a 4 string. So I'd like to hear from you guys about descent basses for $400 or less range that will hold up for a while and playability. One thing that I would like to find one is the volume stay pretty even across all the strings. Also the style of music we play is classic rock, modern rock, and I would also use this in the praise band at church. So I like a good thundering bottom end. Thanks, Steve PS - I really would like to stay away from Fenders, I just dont like the feel or look.