Which Choice would YOU make? You know those posts where people ask "which bass?" so they can feel better about a choice they've already made in their heart, right? Well... for me its different. Screw everyone's opinion... I want a SOUND, with a few features that I know I want on a bass. As a new daddy, its hard to make it out to the local shop, so if you could give me some pointers, then I'll have my favorite sales guy line these models up at the shop for me when I do finally make that trip up there. Playing Style: Fingerstyle, two fingers. No Slap. Pick only if the sound requires it. Hands are Medium Size, but that's no indicator of... well, never mind. Bassists I worship include Me'Shell Ndegeocello. Nothing Pattitucci or Jacoish here, just bassists that hold the bottom line with ungodly amounts of sexy and intelligent minimalism. I *thought* I read somewhere that she plays a Bongo. Can't afford that, so..... Bass Features I'm after: 4 String Fretted A Manly, Solid Bridge (no vibrations) Scale Length Not Important Looks Not really Important, but just not black on black on black on black... and not the Bootsy bass either. Sound I'm after: Full. Nice Mids, Not honky, not too scooped either. Not Muddy, not Clingy Clinky Clanky either. The Rock stuff such as Quicksand, Cave-In... certainly a P bass sound primarily. The Funky Stuff, sort of a growly fingerstyle version of some of the slower Soul Coughing tunes, but fretted (if you can imagine that). I am not sure I want a *pure* P bass, as i think I'll need just a *bit* more flexibility. So my choices according to my budget and research are as follows: First off, the Fenders: Fender® Deluxe P Bass Special This one here has my attention because it is the one everyone copies. I mean, if people want a Fender sound, get a god*amn Fender. Its a No Brainer. But, unless I'm convinced that other "fancier featured" basses just won't have more bang for the buck, I'm fine with this model. http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Bass/Electric?sku=515201 The Ibanez's listed here are interesting because of their reported versatility, but I have no idea how close they'll get to my desired sound. Ibanez BTB. Every review points out how versatile this one is. The monorail bridge is interesting. Ibanez Sr500. Lotsa bang for the buck so I hear. Does this have narrow string spacing like the SRX series? Will this affect a fingerstyle funky playing style? Ibanez RD 500. Seems interesting, but I'm having trouble finding reviews on this one's tone. Seems funky enough but that's just looks, man. Seems like a clone of the Yamaha BB 614, eh? Naturally, if the Yamaha BB's (414 and 614) are anything like their midrange electric guitars, I'm certain they'll be great instruments... but again, sound is king in my choice. Would these have the thickness I want in a bass' sound? Also, used G&L's have my attention. Would the 2500's have the fullness I'm looking for? Like the Yamaha's, if the Basses are anything like their guitars, these would be dynamite. Old Equipment Long Gone: Fretless MIM Fender Jazz Standard. I'm giving up fretless. I just don't have the time to develop the technique to where I'd be comfortable. Super Generic POS $99 bright red P-bass Jobbie from my youth. Aside from the sharp frets, twisted neck, noisy pickups, rattly bridge, terrible intonation, etc... well it *was* my first, and we all had one. Oh oh oh, one more thing. I build my own tube amps as a hobby. My guitar amp, for example, is really sweet. I'll likely play through one of my own tube amps until I have enough room for a full Eden rig. Here's some eye candy. http://mikehorvath.web4pros.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=4&page=2 The reason I brought this up is that I don't quite know how active electronics would affect my input stages on my old school homebuilt amps, so I'm thinking I *may* wanna stay passive. Those of you with better knowledge, please enlighten me. Any input from you experts out there would be just swell. If my model choices here are omitting an obvious choice, feel free to add it! Also, if you all say, "Nice list. Pick one you'll like you won't go wrong!" I'll also be quite happy. Would love your input folks. Thanks for your time!