i'm looking for a bass that can dial in several tones. several things are important though. quality, including woods, active pu's, and balance is one. being able to hear the frets when i want and then cut them off for a next song. a huge attack with one switch and an even note for the next. and that's about it. as far as looks, i like un-painted bodies, but i could sacrafice for a killer tone. money is limtd. to about 1,300, so i should be able to just about find anything. i was thinking G&L l200. oh, four string only.