Hi, I'm looking to start bass after playing plenty of other instruments for years. I don't want a 'starter bass', as I know that I will play seriously and can afford a more quality one. However, my price limit is probably only around £300...($500?) These features help: 6 STRINGS! (A must ) But a 4-string will do if it looks good enough to me 24 frets Active Maybe a J-Bass I would prefer a new bass, but the used market is not out of the question. Type of music I like...Prog Rock/Metal, mainly. Dream Theater, Rush, Symphony X, Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Muse... But also things like Red Hot Chilli Peppers, etc... Actually, about the string ammount - My favourite 4-string bass tone ever has got to be John Myung (Dream Theater) in When Dream And Day Unite (Their first album). But I would only want a 4 string if it sounds like that, otherwise, 6-strings Cheers.