Looking for a mid-priced (hopefully $400-800) Jazz bass with an active preamp. I do not want this to be a project though, I don't enjoy upgrading pickups and all that. This will be my first good bass, since I have an Ibanez GSR200, and I want to make the right choice. All I'm asking is your experience with a mid-range active jazz. If you have one, played one, ect, just tell me about it. What was it, how was it, price, tone, feel, ect. What ever you can tell me about your experience will be a huge help. Just a little background on my search so far.... My #1 choice at the moment is a Fender Jaguar.. the versatility is over the top and had me sold from the start. The passive/active switch is a massive plus. I know about the hum on these, and I already know about the easy fix so I'm cool with that. My only worry is that people around TB have been recommending that you upgrade the pickups, and other electronics on the Jaguar because they aren't very good. I just don't see the point in me spending hundreds of dollars to get a mediocre bass, then spending more on upgrades to make it good. I want quality from the start. It doesn't have to be top of the line perfect, I'm not expecting a Fender MIA Jazz sound or anything, but I want a true upgrade from what I have now. If it sounds pretty damn good from the start, I'm good to go! Then again, I've heard a lot of talk saying that the Jags were great sounding stock basses.. so I have no idea what to believe. I've looked at a Fender Active Jazz, but when I brought this up on TB, I didn't get too many good responses. It was either "mid-range active jazz basses aren't very good" or "go with a passive jazz". This confused me even more.. The most frustrating part is that most of the basses I've considered or would consider aren't in stock at local stores. And I don't have the cash at the moment to order a bass for a test run. So no hands-on experience. I went from looking at Ray34s to this.. but I know I want a Jazz now for a more rounded tone. I play mostly with fingers, and use picks to get a more aggressive sound every now and then. I'll get a distortion in the future, probably use a Sansamp BDDI's distortion settings for this, so I want something that'll sit well with that. Please help. After reading around on TB, I have no clue which active jazzes are actually good.