I started playing bass a couple months ago on my father's 40 year old Greco Paul McCartney Beatles Bass. To sum it up its a POS. The frets are worn down, the bridge is crooked, the bass is buzzy (not user error), and it has loads of electrical problems. I want to pick up a bass under $400. After looking for countless hours at the mess load of different basses, I think I may get a Yamaha BB414. Seems like a good choice after reading the great reviews of it here. Should I pull the trigger? Any other suggestions? Im going to be playing classic rock and hard rock but I would really like to play funk, jazz, and groove to some disco tunes, although I cant slap yet. Thanks in advance! p.s Why do some colors cost $100 more than others? I have my eye on the wine red version but its $100 more than the orange and I dont think a color justifies that much money unless there is some other reason for the price increase. EDIT: BB414 vs BB616? I hear that the preamp is poor on the 616 but is having the preamp still a +?