I am switching to bass guitar after playing guitar for 3 1/2 years. I'm looking for a versatile bass with a range from warm to crunch. I'm hoping to pay no more than $600 dollars on the actual bass, I'm hoping for something of quality. I was thinking about the Fender Jazz Bass because of its versatility and warm tone, but I heard its heavy for gigs. The Mark Hoppus appealed to me for awhile because of the unique tone that grabbed me, but I decided that the lack of a tone knob would cut my musical vocabulary in two later on. Any suggestions?