I have been playing bass for over 15years now. I have gone through all styles of musics from jazz to pop to ethnic music. Four years ago I embraced a new philosophy. The "one man, one bass, one cable, one amp" philosofy. I got rid of everything except my fretless V and my ashdown abm combo. NO fx, no pedals, no frets. I has been really a great experience. Now I am back into producing. Sometimes it takes too long to record with the frettless so I am looking into a cheapo fretted bass. Its mostly very traditional basic bass stuff comercial pop/hiphop/nuRnB and any fretted bass that stays in tune will do. Anyways, I went down to the store where my luthier friend works and checked out 4 or 5 bottom end bass that sounded ok. After that I tried the squier just to compare.. and low and behold it sounded a lot better than the yam and ibanez bass I had tried. My friend was really amazed and had to admit that he did not expect that. Here is my question? should I go for the squier jazz-bass or pay a little more and get a MIM fender? I am in spain and the really are not many others to choose from. I really dont have much time to check out second hand basses. I want something cheap now.