Hi, registered for the forum to see if I can get some advice on how to proceed here. My son, who will be 18 in August, has played guitar for years and is quite good at it. However, he's now had to take on bass duties with the praise team for morning and evening worship services and praise band for youth services at our church, at the request of our music director. He's picked it up quite quickly and is doing very well at it ... even though he's left-handed and is having to play a right-handed bass upside down, with the strings in the wrong places for him. Our music director has assured us that this is a regular thing that he'll be doing. So we're looking to get him a bass to go along with all his guitars (our house looks like a music store between his guitars and mine .) His birthday is coming up, No. 18 is a big one, so my wife and I and his grandmother are going to put what we were going to do for his birthday present toward a bass, and he'll also likely be putting some of his savings toward the instrument as well. (He's done that on several guitars, including birthday and Christmas presents, and I've had folks get all indignant that "we'd make him pay for his own presents," but we've found that when you make a teenager put some skin in the game, he tends to take better care of things.) We're only going to do a bass right now, not an amp. The church owns an amp that he can use until we take step 2 (basically we're going to make sure that this actually IS going to be a regular situation). And we aren't wanting to put a mint into a bass, we're looking at a budget of $600 tops and hopefully less (for the same reason I cited in the above paragraph). So, we have looked at the following (will have to get online, no lefty basses to be found around here): Washburn T14 Taurus, can get one of those with case for a little over $300. Spector Legend Classic 4, can get one of those for right at top point of our budget. Hofner Icon Beatle Bass, I think they're a little tough to find right now but all the dealers say they're going to be getting more at some point, probably looking at $400 or thereabouts for one of those. A Dillion semi-hollow that's supposed to be an exclusive at Adirondack Guitar, which has a lot of lefties available on its site, also would be toward top of budget (I've advised against that because of potential feedback issues, but my son likes hollow bodies). A Schecter Stilleto Studio 4 that we can get from Sweetwater's outlet for about half the regular price. (Anyone have any experience with their outlet guitars? Can anyone (a.) offer any reviews if you've had experience with these particular instruments; or (b.) suggest anything else we might need to look at or any particular venues we'd need to check? (I did check the classifieds here, didn't see anything.) He's not really interested in a Fender-type bass, either Jazz or Precision (if it were me, that's what I would get because they're tested and true and I don't think you can beat the versatility, but unfortunately it's not me). And as far as his musical tastes and playing styles, he's probably going to be more in Paul McCartney/Brian Wilson territory because he's kind of musically out of step with his peers, he's into the Byrds, Tom Petty and the Beach Boys; with his guitars it's all about clean tones, no heavy metal thunder or distortion, and I daresay he'd lean the same way on bass. Thanks in advance for any help or input or guidance here.