Well, ive been playing for over a year now, and my Peavey Milestone II is starting to cramp my style. Not only is neck nice and thick so you get hand cramps from playing too long, its not exactly a tone machine(i play with the tone control all the way treble the whole time). I need a bass with a low B for a some songs, which is another reason im upgrading. Ive looked at G&L 2500 (very impressive) Ken Smith(way out of my price range, but very impressive), a Fender Jazz 5(pretty good, but not quite what im looking for) and some others. I have never played a Carvin, but i have heard good things, so give me some feedback on that if you could. I play everything from blues and jazz to heavy metal and even some reggae. My price range is in the area of 600-1200 dollars. Any help would be appreciated.