Interesting. Lately I've been bitten by "simple four for rock'n'roll" bug, and the GAS-infected wound is atleast as large as by a brown reclusa I would like to keep the price below 1000, which on most basses probably means the US-tag of something around $7-800, and would prefer simple controls, vol(/bal)/tone would be ideal. Extra points for beefy neck, maple fingerboard and even somewhat classic looks. I'd like it to cover the ground from strong, cutting, perhaps even somewhat growly rock to Rocco-style finger funk. But of course you can't dismiss any bass, so my first candidates would be: Fender MIA STD P - THE Classic, even if I'm bit worried about the advertised "modern C-shape" neck and how it is going to be cutting through. Fender Marcus Miller - I love the looks! But perhaps the electronics are more for a slapper, and neck might be bit thin. Yamaha BB1000MA - Prime candidate. I like the pimped looks, and have encountered some nice 80's BB's, this looks pretty similar. P/J-config, seems nice, but is the tone there? Esh Hero - A passive semi-custom from quite new European company with rather good reputation. I suppose the workmanship is nice, and that I can pretty much choose the pups etc. Surprise so-not-passive candidate: I found a Warwick FNA for less than 900. Looks nice, but it's a Basslines 3-band EQ and MEC HB. Any opinions? Additions? Comments? Criticism? "This time would be better spend in practicing!"-shouts from the background?