Okay, so before I get started. I'm a drummer, I belong to the pearl drum forums. I personally know how amazing forums can be when you find one with plenty of members, and members that are actually well read about what they are talking about. My bassist personally doesn't really like computers, and thinks that if he comes to a forum for help, he's gonna get bad information. And he's probably a lazy dumbass... Anyway.. My band has recently come across an investor. He's offering to buy us the professional gear we need to play at our best. Now, my bassist is the old drummer. So he doesn't know much about anything when it comes to the bass guitar, just how to play it. He needs a new bass STAT. Only problem is, he can't really decide WHAT bass and which one will be reliable, the best overall product, and will of course fit his sound and playing. He really liked the top Gibson model when he played it, and he's currently playing with an Epiphone which takes after the Gibson. He was pretty set on buying it, however, someone told him that Gibson has been making poor products for the past 10 years. Does anyone agree or disagree and why? Also, the sound he is going for is a somewhat muddy sound but not TOO much. He likes to play his bass low usually for the pure look of it. Our band sounds a lot like weezer and we will be aiming for that sound on the recording. I'll be back in a few hours I gotta go out. thanks for any help you guys can offer!