Firstly, I'm currently playing a Washburn Lyon that is rapidly becoming more and more dilapidated... its fairly old and I think its high time I reining in my pennies to get a new one. I recently played my first Fender Jazz. Went into a shop for some new picks and couldn't help myself but ask to have a play... and fell in love. Found it extremely comfortable and loved the sound. I've been asked to play in a band that may or may not actually happen... can only wait and see... but its a pop-punk band, so I think a Jazz would be ideal. As well as that, there is some rumour of me replacing a bassist in another band which is kinda pop-punk but a little heavier... again, the Jazz would be ideal. The issue is that my own taste is heavier than that, not being a huge fan of pop-punk despite being perfectly happy to play and have fun with it. I went to see a band last night who were a heavy grunge/prog metal band and the bassist used a 5-string Warwick which sounded fantastic. And I'm not convinced the Jazz is really the bass for the kind of music I'd like to be playing, so I'm not entirely sure what to aim for. Having never played a Warwick, or anything producing a similar sound, its hard for me to say whether that is actually the bass for me. I definitely need a new bass, I just don't want to fork out a lot of money on a bass that is just going to be one for the moment. My aim is to increase my technical abilities and work on slap bass and have a dabble at some double handed tapping also I almost always play with a pick so ideally I'd want a bass that compliments those aspects. Secondly, I did look into some Jazz basses. I wondered if it would be worth me buying the American Standard and investing in the EMG Jazz pickups, rather than forking out the money for a American Deluxe?