I've now been playing bass for about 6-7 months, currently playing the Squire MB-5. Now that I feel comfortable in my playing, and that I will continue to stick with the bass (having close friends that play guitar, another bassist, and drums to keep my interest high even though I'm not in a band). Because of this I feel that it is time to spoil myself, as I am graduating from highschool and hit my 18th birthday. So, here is what I am looking for. -I am looking for a bass up to $1200-1300 (this is including shipping, and cases that it seems most high end places seem to make you buy) -I want something that has a lot of tonal variety. I play mostly rock sounding stuff right now, though have a high interest in metal. Atomic Bitchwax, Sleep, The Sword, Electric Wizard, and Neurosis all having tones I enjoy and wouldn't mind being able to play. (I know Al Cisneros plays a rickenbacker, and the bassist from The Sword plays the Fender reissue 51 p-bass.) edit: I'm also mostly looking for a 5 stringer. I've looked at the Carvin LB 5 and the G&L 2500 as possible basses to get, what are peoples opinions of them? One of the main problems I have is that before buying a bass like the LB 5 I want to be able to play one which I have yet to be able to do. What are ways to get your hands on a high end guitar to test before you buy? I know guitar center has a poor selection of higher end basses, and daddy's only carries a small selection. Thanks for the help. Figured this would be the best place to post before I went out and spent a lot of money.