This is my first post here, and I hope that I am able to get my message across well. Anyways, I was at my local music shop a week ago, because I am looking for a new bass to replace my Ibanez SRX400, which is "meh" in my opinion, so I had read a lot about the Highway 1 Jazz Bass, and I requested to play it. We jacked it in and I started loving the feel of it from the onset, so bright a tone, so nice to play. It was all gravy, if you know what I mean. Most of all it was so versatile, I could get such a wide range of sounds from it, it was amazing. Plus it was american made, always a nice thing. I had went there yesterday again, because I wanted to try out the bass again. I think someone bought it because I couldn't find it. Then I saw it: The natural finish Yamaha BB 605, it beckoned me to pick it up. Being of low constitution when it comes to these kind of things, I complied quite readily. Asked for a plug, and we jacked this one into the amp (same amp by the way) and it also sounded REALLY great. I really liked the feel, and I don't know, the 5th string just felt like it gave me so much freedom. It sounded really great for slap which was a definate plus. It sounded great, I loved the natural finish, too. There was a great deal of configurability with the hardware. It was great. Here is my dilemma though, I've only had limited experience with both of these basses. I do not want to be caught in a rat trap again. I want to do a lot of funk and jazz type stuff. Some Prog. Rock stuff too, like some Yes, or Rush. Some (Prog.) metal ocassionally (Tool stuff sometimes, or Dream Theater stuff) and some math rock (90 Day Men's album Critical Band leaps out to me here, as well as the band 31knots). Being able to slap it is also a must (Victor Wooten style, I wish ). As you can see I have a wide range of things that I want to be able to do, I am putting a lot of thought into what I want to buy. This will be my third guitar. I do not have the extensive experience this forum collectively provides, so I'm turning to you guys. Which guitar do you think will better suit me for what I stated above in the long term? Or is there another guitar that could suit my needs at a price reasonably close to the Fender HW1 JB price ($600)? I'm willing to go to 600-800, if there is a match that you are sure is just PERFECT for what I described, but costs more than that, I am willing to save up. I'm sorry if these questions seem a little too broad, or naive. I'm just looking for a good bass, so I'm turning to a good community for help. Thanks in advance.