Hey I own a yamaha standard p-bass thats about $25 at your local guitar center. I have never made a big purchase towards my bass guitar, yet i have a nice swr combo amplifier, and i get to fool around with my friends pedals. Though, by the end of the summer, i'm getting a new bass with summer job money and parents help. Sorry, i slipped and sent the thread too early But, i like the music man stingray, for its feel and tone, but, the stingray feels a bit cliche. This basically feels like i'm getting my first bass as my yamaha was a handmedown. I can play 5 string, but i feel 4 strings is all you need. I also want active pickups. I'm in a jam band that experiements with a lot of different music, and i feel like i'll need something versitile, i guess? What should i look out for? any different brands i should consider? i'd appreciate any input!