Repost: I bumped a different thread from the search then realized it wasn't in the correct forum I currently have a MIM jazz that I'm looking into modding. I got some new strings, a BAII, and changed the pickguard for cosmetic purposes, but before I sink more money into it, here is my question... I've been debating for a while whether or not to make gradual upgrades/mods to the MIM, doing one thing at a time until I have a formidable #1 bass. I play in both a modern/pop/top 40 cover band as well as an experimental/heavy/alternative rock band. The mods I would make in the future would be as follows, one thing a time over the course of however long: New neck: I have a rosewood board now, and I want a maple, and am looking into the warmoth neck bc of the double reinforced truss, stainless steel frets and the graphtech nut. Upgrade pups: Haven't decided on the exact type, but I'm looking into either the ultra jazz or Basslines. Tuners: I haven't thought of changing all the tuners, but I am thinking about adding a D Tuner to my E string for ease of use in the alt band. I'm thinking of looking into shielding and/or upgrading the pots, but to be honest I don't know much about electronics and don't know if I'd really need it. What I have been debating over is whether or not the end result will be "it". It's easier for me to gradually upgrade what I have, but at the same time am wondering if it would be better for me to save that money in a piggy bank (for probably a long time) and eventually get a new MIA. I've never actually played an american jazz, since I try not to pick up instruments that I know I can't afford, because it will just make me want to cry. I could conceivably save enough money for an MIA after a few months,(including GC's 15% trade in deal for my Ibanez SR 505 that I never use) and use my current MIM as a backup. I'm a former guitarist that smartened up and moved to bass, and I have always wanted to have a bass version of my old strat. White w/black pearloid guard and a maple neck. It would be easier for me to upgrade the mexi, since I can do it gradually, but I don't want to sink a lot of money into it, then go to GC and pick up an MIA and regret my decision. HELP!