alright. well heres some background. well ive been playing bass since i was 11, so 6 years now... pretty much every night. ive always loved instraments and ive come to the conclusion that the love only grows with better instraments. ive played piano since i was 4, one of those kids who were forced to play, always played on a classinova electric keyboard with no dynamics to it... but just recently came accross a baby grand piano, long story short ive noticed an amazing amount of progress in technique since. first and only bass ever owned was/is an Ibanez GSR200. throughout the years ive loved it but now im looking for an upgrade... what im looking for is a high end bass that im going to want to keep forever. hopefully used because of financial status. ive been getting into slap more and more, but just recently ive swayed off to the blues, so i want a bass thats pretty versitile. i was thinking about a musicman stingray/sterling, an ESP VINTAGE-4, or possibly a fender. im not even sure... hence this post. i know this is pretty general but just throw some ideas this way.