I'm an amateur player looking for recommendations for a second, better bass that's less than $2000 with great sustain that will cut through pianos and guitars but not overpower them and not be too boomy. I've never cared for Fenders (J or P). Wish I did, but they just feel wrong to me. I briefly played around with a brand-new, Rickenbacker 4003 (with just the factory setup!) a few weeks ago. I fell in love with it: loved the tone, thought it played like butter and could easily strum power chords but I have nagging doubts. Some people seem to have bad things to say about them: painted necks, weird finish on the fingerboard that wears down, etc. I have an early 90's Peavey Foundation with D'Addario ECB82 chrome flats (50/70/85/105). I usually play finger style on it and love the sound for the occasional open blues jam, but the sound isn't working for me elsewhere. I regularly play Sunday masses (in a large church with 500+ parishoners and tall concrete walls with a lot of really weird angles) along with 3 other guitarists, a couple of teenage girl singers and a piano player on a baby grand. It's "contemporary" Catholic mass music (70's singer/songwriter style) from OCP so it's pretty subdued. My Peavey is a little too boomy but when I roll off the bass, the D and G strings are too thin. I also play as a volunteer at a local children's theater with a pianist on upright and/or Yamaha keyboard, a loud drummer and sometimes a guitarist. The music is show tunes, although the last series of show was mostly 1930's jazz. I sometimes have to play tied whole notes that last 4 measures or more. My Peavey can't sustain that long and it sounds lame when I have to keep hitting the same note. In both cases, the P.A. can't handle a bass so I play through a Roland Cube-100 combo amp that serves me well at less than %50 volume. Sorry for rambling. I'd appreciate any feedback you all can give me.