Hey guys, I currently have 2 basses, a 4 string Ibanez GSR 100, and a 5 string Yamaha ... The yamaha goes pretty well and I'm happy with it, my question is about the 4 string... It was my first bass (came in a pack with a 50watt amp), it's not too bad, not great. -Passive -2 controls - tone (i think?) and volume (is tone the control that if its full on gives a bright sound and lots of finger noise, and fully down gives a more dull sound and zero finger noise?) -I'm no expert on woods, but I'd say they are nothing special... -Precision style pups The main question is, I want a decent 4 string, to go along with my 5 string... so should I get a new bass, something like a Marcus Miller jazz? Or install some new strings, pickups and bridge and keep the Ibanez? Money saved is good and all, but I don't want to be putting money into a lost cause... I play alot of different music, for band purposes: stuff like Metallica, Tool, APC which sometimes calls for a pick but i mainly play finger style... and just by myself i enjoy playing Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and funk like Jamiroquai (sp?) etc etc... So I want a nice low end, but not at a compromise with crisp highs and I want a decent slap tone - the ibanez isnt too bad for slapping, but I heard the MM Jazz is awesome.... I was leaning towards the Marcus Miller jazz (Ive got gas so badly) because I think the jazz pickups will get a pretty nice tone (not that i have much experience with jazz pups...). But if I can get a pretty good/usable tone out of a bass I already have, thats a pretty good deal IMO... EDIT: I play through a Roland D-Bass 500 amp which can manufacture alot of different tones, but it wont do much good if the basses sound sucks in the first place. And I am also open to string type suggestions - will repost the string question in the appropriate forum if it annoys you - but saves posting 2 threads about the same thing So, helpy?