I'm considering getting into the MTD american line after following Mike's instruments for 15 years. I am mostly a fingerstyle player who generally is looking for a darker then average tone these days; smooth but clear and tight. The bass would be used for contemporary pop. funk, and rock music situations. I'm fairly certain I will go with a rosewood board. I tend to prefer softer woods. My current basses are an Alder body Sadowsky jazz bass with an Ebony board and a Roscoe 6 with a madrone top (I'm told it sounds like mahogany) and cedar body with a wenge board. I also have some serious chronic neck and shoulder problems and would prefer something on the lighter side. I'm looking for a 24 fret 535. It seems that many MTD users are going for a brighter, hi-fi sound and are heavy slappers, so I wondered where I might fit in. Amongst MTD users, my playing style might be most akin Jimmy Haslip. Any suggestions would be appreciated, and let me know if there's anything else I can tell you about my playing that might influence which woods would be best for me.