Recommend a Bass for Me I am pretty much a novice on the bass guitar, but have been playing guitar for many years. Currently I am playing a MIM Jazz Bass and though I have no complaints, I'd like to take things to the next level. I will mostly be using the bass for a recording project. Generally, I'm not requiring a lot of flexibility. I prefer an instrument that I can just set once and get all the tone variation through playing technique. I play finger style and prefer four strings. The instrumentation will be sparse, so I'd like the bass to be forward in the mix with a lot of presence. The style of music will be very funky with a deep groove. I never use a full-on slapping and popping style, but do play with a percussive technique.