I play metal and rock and was looking at a stingray 5 for my next bass. I read some of the posts on this forum and got the impression that the fender jazz (MIA) plays better than the ray, but has a better sound, but I really have no idea. I would mostly be looking for a tight E string (I don't use the B too often so it's not my main concern), and a punchy, sound with a really solid low end and is somewhat flexible. I use a pick most of the time too, so a close string spacing would probably be good. Also, I saw the review of the Stingray5 in bass player, and was just wondering if you guys would agree with their rating (just about perfect). Thanks a lot!!!