Wonder if some of you might help me narrow this down a bit. I'm a guitar player who does a lot of home recording and some occasional light bass work on stage. But I have short fingers and smaller hands, so the full size Fender Jazz 62 AVRI I currently use is a challenge for me. Just learned about short scale, but the comments and recommends are like a pinball game, point - counterpoint, volley left volley right, etc.etc.... So here is the temporary sum of my research for the day, but hoping you guys know more about: build qualities, hum or intonation issues, does age matter, is a 78 Musicmaster near mint condition as good as a 2006 Mustang, do I really need 3 pickups and a 7 position switch, will semi-hollow kill my classic rock tunes, (and I haven't had a chance to interrogate my luthier yet for her opinions!) What matters most to me? light weight, little or no hum, perfectly in tune all the way up the neck, durable, neck stays straight, easier to play lower action, comes with HSC, under $1k used or new. Music: blues rock, jazz rock, classic rock, some ballads, very lite fusion, no metal no distortion, for context think a 7 or 10 piece rock or funk band with a loud drummer. Without further ah-doo-doo, here is my current list of contenders.....add a name to it if you feel strongly about what you know. Hofner - Galaxie Fender - Jaguar, Mustang, Musicmaster, Rascal, Bullet Guild - Starfire, Jetstar Ibanez - Artcore, SR655 (5 string) Gibson - SG Reverend - Wattplower, Dub King EDIT: reading good reviews on Yamaha as a good build quality.