I haven't played in a band since the mid-90's and haven't played except for noodling around in 20 years. I recently had the urge to pick it up again. I went to a couple of music stores in my area over the course of a week and tried every bass on the shelf in my price range. My go to bass when I was playing was a Washburn 4-string with active electronics and bartolini humbuckers. Fast forward 20 years. My search criteria was: 1. Play every fret on the neck in some scale pattern to check for buzz. 2. Is the bass comfortable on a strap? 3. Play a bunch of scales and arppeggios at varying speed and attack with everything set flat to see what kind of tone I could get out of the bass with just my fingers. 4. Play with the tuning pegs and bridge screws to see if anything doesn't work the way it's supposed to. Out of every bass I tried, I ended up getting a Fender Jazz 70's modified vintage. It just seemed to click. It wasn't the first bass I tried and it wasn't the last. It just clicked. Now, down to the nitty gritty. I have never cared what other basses people are playing...weeeell, maybe when I was a starry eyed lad, i did have a man crush on a few guys. But, as I started gigging, my motto has been substance over style. Get the bass that feels right, sounds right and plays right for you. Don't worry about the endorsements and "greatest bass player ever" signature series basses because their setup is so skilled that a $100 bass sounds like a Stradivarius whether they do it themselves or they have an amazing bass tech. Be you.