I'm really trying out a lot of stuff lately and might have dialed into something good for me. main use is for recording so i want a smooth backing sound. I play Latin, ambient and a bit of funk. Since I come from guitar my teacher suggested I look at a medium scale bass. Squire Affinity Jazz Bass - too bright, couldn't get over the cheap feel of the neck Squire CV Mustang Bass- really liked this one but had that plunky sound. will probably get this after i take care of my first bass Squire CV Precision Bass - I actually have one of these on order but it might come as late as October so this is why i have the chance to shop around now. even though I know this is meant for a flat sound good with recording, i'm still not convinced it does it the best Epiphone EB-3 long scale - currently renting this one. I love the electronics on this one but the neck is way too long for me. It's also making a very resonant sound but that's probably just the new roundwound strings on it Ok so I tried an Ibanez either SR300E or SR300EB - the label in the store might be wrong because it was a cherry red instrument (and an ugly red for sure) and I haven't been able to locate that model with that colour online. but either way it's very close to these two models. even though this was long scale I could move around very nice on this. I guess because the action is low and the strings are close together. some frequencies were a little out of hand but I think a compressor can fix that. great round tone though, and if i put flat wound strings on it i think it would really do the job. as i said it was in a bad colour so I didn't spring for it right away but i'm thinking about it. I'm going to another store today to try the SR Mezzo medium scale. I don't love the colours it comes in, and maybe the electronics aren't as good as the 300 series, but i'm wondering if it will have this flat neutral sound i'm looking for? Just curious what Ibanez users might suggest i look at.