I"ve been looking through the older posts here and noticed that the Washburn T24 is pretty much considered junk. I have had one for a couple days and really don't know enough about "modern" basses to know what is out there. Last bass I owned was a Gibson Thunderbird and a Fender Telecaster which I sold in 1974. I know, I know. The guy that sold it to me told me that it had active electronics, so I have a good reason to return it for a refund since it does not. I can spend up to $600and like a bass sound with punch I'm looking for suggestions.