Hello TB, lurker here. I'm going to ask for a new bass as a Christmas/birthday gift. (My birthday is just two weeks before Christmas.) The only thing is that I don't know which bass I want. I was hoping for some suggestions for a brightish bass with a bit of snarl to it. Not too much where it growls no matter what, but not a lack of growl whatsoever. What brands should I be looking at? Number of strings does not matter, 4, 5, and 6 are all cool. I currently have a fender P with flats (With year old strings, and man, they DO get better with age!), and that covers the warm/mellow section very nicely, but I'm just looking for something to slap with, or for fingering through RHCP stuff.