Ive been playing for several decades and have owned fenders, music man, gretsch, cort, Ibanez, Tacoma, birdsong, etc and have played in just about every type of band out there-Rock, alt/country, jazz, etc. Five years ago I walked away from music and sold every musical piece I had and used the $ to take the wife and kid to Disneyland. its now 5 years later and about a month ago I pulled my only remaining instrument out-a 70s Ibanez Lawsuit P Bass that I only kept because it was the first and only instrument my father bought me. OK, so now I am hooking up with another guy as 1/2 of a songwriting/singer duo. We have a retro vibe but I have to sneak out and solo every once in a while. I fell in love with short scales back 5 years ago but have no issues playing long scale either, as that is what I was raised and bred on. So, I am going to buy a bass-hopefully my only bass. I will use it live and in recording, finger style and pick. flats. I will be in a retro looking alt country/rock unit and have too choose one of the following: Fender American Standard P Bass Fender Modern Player Telecaster Bass lakland Decade Skyline bass (burgundy) short or long scale. Lakland Skyline Hollowbody (short or long scale) Thoughts?