Alright all Tber's I need your help It appears that by income tax time I will finally have enough money for a new bass. (probably like a lot of you out their) I sold off my MIM Fender Jazz and my peavy foundation leaving me pretty much only with my Alvarez AEB5 (and my little beginner ibanez) My Alavrez does everything I need but of course I want that second bass that equals or far surpasses it and I don't want to settle for something that's just going to get me by. As far as price,i'm looking to spend anywhere from 1200 to about 1500. Maybe even 1700 if I have too.Not the best price range but it's what I got. I'm no luthier,so building an instrument myself is out of the question. I'm thinking of getting a carvin. Either an Icon series model or the LB. This will probably be the only bass I'll buy for a long time to come so as you can imagine I want to make sure I get the best bass possible. My only problem with Carvin is despite a lot of praise I hear negative as well. The pickups aren't that great,neck problems,etc. Of course you get this with any bass but I want to be on the side of caution. Within my price range what would you recommend? I like to slap,tap,and of course play finger style.