For the past 7 months or so (I have been playing for 16), I've been stuck with a crappy Johnson P-Bass knockoff. It was a huge step up from my previous Rogue, but it will be no good to be if I want to take my playing seriously. My amp gets the perfect tone out of any other bass, but the Johnson is hardly versatile at all. The knobs keep falling off, the paint chips and dents with little effort, and it is a very bad bass overall. Christmas is just around the corner, and I decided this would be the perfect time to get a new bass. I settled on a Fender Standard Jazz Bass, which I have played many times, and it is a great bang for the buck. I know this ultra versatile, super strong guitar will help my playing much more than my current Squier-quality bass. The only problem is my mother. She sees no difference in either of the two basses. She says she would rather see me get a 5 or 6 string than waste money of another 4 string, but I honestly don't want extended range at the moment. I have tried to reason with her that the Johnson and the Fender are on almost opposite ends of the spectrum, with only a couple hundred dollars difference. Some of her exact words were "They're the exact same thing, you're only paying for the name brand," "They both have 4 strings, they don't do anything different," "The only difference is the color, and a rip-off price," etc. etc. etc. I have tried doing some reasearch (comparing wood/electronic qualities, construction, etc. and consumer reviews) to convince her that I should get the Fender. It seems almost ludicrous that my mother, who wants only to see me improve my bass playing, would deny me the one and only bass I want right now. I know there are some experienced guys (and girls) here, and if any of you could help me find ways to convince my mother that one bass is better than the other, I would really appreciate it.