I'm pretty much just past the "beginner" stage, having played somewhere between 4 and 5 months now. I just learn songs that I like and I've been taking lessons this whole time as well. I play music from various genres, including classic rock, modern "indie" rock, Jaco , etc. I'm playing on a Squier Jazz bass and for obvious reasons I'd like to upgrade. I'm not particularly wealthy so I'm looking to spend no more than $400. I haven't looked around too much but the ESP C304 looks like an awesome bass for the money ($340). It't neck-through body, 24 frets, 3 band EQ, EMG pickups, and it looks pretty nice too. Are there any basses that can compete with this within my price range? Or, are there any informed opinions on the ESP C304 from anyone? I'd prefer some EQ options on the bass but I'm open to anything. 24 frets is a plus as well.