I'm looking into getting another 4 string bass. I've recently realized that my pink P bass really really sucks... i've long known this, but It's getting to an unbearable extent... you know how some instruments just make you sick to your stomach to play? that is how my p bass feels to me. I have another bass, a five string standard J, and i love it, it's seriously the best instrument i've ever played, it just feels and sounds perfect. so i'm asking for opinions on the following: Standard P Bass. although an attractive looking bass, i'm a bit affraid of buying another one of these. My old P bass sucks... but it's also a squire. my main problem with the one i own is that I find it impossible to get a tone out of it that i like... it always seems a little empty... like it's missing something tonally. also, the instrument just feels sort of awkward. My question is, the problems with my current P bass... might they be accountable to the fact that it's a cheap ass squire... or are these things i can expect from a fender standard as well? Deluxe P-Bass Special. Naturally this seems like the alternative, based on what i've told you about my current P bass. it's got the bridge pickup, which could help fill out the tone a little, and it has a Jazz neck... which i'm lead to believe i like (i'm a bit unclear, i love MY j's neck, but it's also a 5 string... does the 5 string J bass neck differ greatly from a regular J neck... they should be relatively similar right?) My question on this is... is this bass more comparable feel wise and tonaly to a Jazz or a Precision... can this bass create the tones that i've grown to love from my J Bass? Deluxe Active Jazz Bass. So eventually I start thinking that since i love my Jazz bass so much... why don't I just get another one, so I see this one as the next logical step up. We've already established that I love the Jazz Bass, so can anybody tell me if the active electronics do a lot to separate this bass from just your average standard? are the extra bells and wistles worth the extra money or would I be better off saving my money and getting something cheaper? or something else entirely? I'm a big fan of fenders, for... i'll be honest... mainly cosmetic reasons... hey, who wants an ugly bass? But anywho, i like fenders, so I'd like to get another. got any suggestions in the similar price range that i should check out? I thank you in advance for whatever opinions you may have to offer me.