Get this, since my parents are either A) Making a decent amount of money now that my mom is getting a sizeable steady paycheck or B) Gone bat **** insane... either way, they have decided for Christmas I need a new bass now that I'm a giggin' man. And I'm going to go to a music store to check some stuff out. I've been craving a fretless lately, but my gigs are Classic rock gigs, and I need a solid non fretted first. Also I'd like to increase my range (5 or even 6 would be prefered, none of that John Turner 7 string garbage... I'm not on the quest for the brown note and I'm sure six string sets of strings are hard enough to find/expensive). So here are my priorities on the bass... 1. I don't want to break my parents, they've got 3 kids aside from me, plus tons of other people... I don't know why they are doing this, I might even tell them not to do it. So Under 400... preferably way under. I'm going to pay them some money back next set of gigs, the money is going straight to my dad, no ifs ands or buts. 2. Playability, a nice flat neck with low action capabilities. 3. Nice even tone, my Yamaha has a problem with even amplification of the D and G strings. They get buried at a gig. Also punchy tone. My tone idol would probably be Dirk Lance (Alex whatever) formerly of Incubus on the albums Science and Make Yourself. 4. Number of strings fits in right about here. I'd like a six, if not five, if not four. Anyone know where I can find my dream (affordable) bass?