Thought I would post some thoughts and observations about some "test drives" from yesterday. Disclainmer: I'm not a professional player and right now only play at my beloved little Church on Sundays (southern gospel). I do like to play around with other genres like beach music, motown, blues, southern rock, but as far as my knowledge on bass guitars goes, I don't know a whole lot compared to most of you. I need all the help I can get. Here's a list of my current equipment: Dean Edge 5 String US made Peavey Foundation 4 Schecter Omen Extreme 4 in Vintage Carvin MB15 Micro combo Genz Benz Shuttle 6.0 Traynor TC115 cab I recently started getting the hankerin for a new bass, as most of us get. I have settled on a passive instrument and set my budget at $600-$700. I will buy used, but not online. I like to lay my hands on guitars before spending money. So I went out yesterday to "test drive" a few and wanted to share my thoughts in hopes this may be of some help to others. These were played througha couple of different Kustom and Ampeg combos. I tried to keep everything as even as I could as I had to go to a couple different shops. G&L Tribute SB-2 I really liked the sound of this one a lot. No tone control, but you could still get a lot of different sounds out of it. The pickups did have some buzz/hum to them when the back pickup was not 100% on. Deffinitely a lot of low end on this guitar. The neck was great (rosewood, which I prefer). The basswood body was light and had a good fit. If I bought one, it would definitely be the red model. I didn't like the hum from the pick ups and the pick guard felt kinda cheap. G&L Tribute JB-2 (sunburst with maple) Awsome guitar. If it had a rosewood fingerboard, I would have bought it yesterday. The pick ups are a little noisy and I would have them switched out probably. Fit and finish were great. You can get just about any sound you want out of this guitar. I really like the body style. G&L Tribute L-2000 - just to play it Even though I'm set on passive, I picked one of these up just to play it. The # of different sounds is almost endless. I didn't think I would like the bigger neck profile, but was amazed at how it really didn't bother me. No doubt about it, this is a great instrument, but I want something on a more simple note. Too many switches for me. Fender MIM P-Bass (sunburst with rosewood) Brand new MIM, This one turned out to be my favorite. Even though it needs more of a set up, I was surprised to find that I liked the Fender the best of all. It's a Fender #1, but most of the MIM's that I've ever picked up didn't grab me like this one did. Great finish, great sound, great neck. What else can I say. Overall, If I bought Monday (shops here are closed on Sunday), The Fender MIM P-bass would be the top choice and the G&L Tribute JB-2 would be my second choice even though it doesn't have a maple fingerboard. These are just some thoughts and my opinions. If you have any further suggestions, please feel free to share.