I believe that the most versatile bass, especially mass produced, is the G&L/Tribute L-2000/L-2500. I feel that this bass provides the most sounds and works extremely well in the passive and active modes. I owned a Tribute L-2500 for several months and I now have a USA Peavey Millennium Five. The Peavey is great but it cannot deliver as many sounds as the Tribute. I suspect that I may be picking up another tribute of a USA G&L in the near future. Although I think that L-2000/L-2500 is the most versatile design. I don't mean to imply that is for everyone. G&Ls have generally speaking, a Fenderish tone. Others may not want that tone, for example, the Stingray is less versatile, but it has a distinctiveness that the L-2500 cannot match in my opinion. Some might prefer a 35" scale for a more taut B string. Others might want more string spacing on the L-2500. That said, I have to thank TB for making aware of this bass, because I think that it really is somewhat overlooked as the truly great design that it is.