First, I'd just like to establish that I did search, but I also came up with 666 results. Noting the bad omen, and the fact that I am simply not sifting through 666 topics to find something that MIGHT apply to me, I decided I'd better make a topic of my own. Anyway, my absolute limit is $1200 CAD. I just simply can't afford anything higher. What I look for in a bass first and foremost (well, besides the price tag) is playability. I'm about 5'7 and I have *kind* of small hands but good stretch on them (I can reach from the first to the fifth fret on the E string). But if I'm going to get cramps trying reaching the high frets, I just won't want it. Soundwise, I want something that would be pretty versatile -- I like to play blues for the most part, but when the urge strikes me, I want to be able to play some Chili Peppers funk without changing instruments. Simply put, I want a 5 string to modify to EADGC that's versatile and comfortable to play under $1200 CAD. At the moment, I'm thinking the Ibanez EDC700 or the EDC710 (2003 version with triple coil bridge pickup instead of the 2002 two double (or single, I can't remember) coil pickups). I've been reading reviews of it for months and all I've heard is "it's got every tone you'd want", "it's really comfortable", and "the smell makes your pets die", etc. The bad thing? I haven't gotten a chance to play one! Argh. Anything you guys can reccomend me would help, and I'm going to Toronto in August so I might be able to get a chance to finally play some of these things. Fixed the error, sorry about that.