While I play bass, I also run a small studio. One of the other forums that I frequent is all about recording gear, but someone asked a question about what type of bass to purchase. http://gearslutz.com/board/showthread.php3?t=44456 Check out post #8 "Just so we're clear... a bass has 4 strings and says "Fender" on the headstock. If you're into options... Precision or Jazz [they're both great]... try flatwound strings, they're excellent for all genres." Well, I guess me and a whole bunch of other bassists have been wrong all this time. Thanks for clearing that up.