I have had an itch to buy a bass guitar for some time now. I don't play bass and have no specific need for a bass guitar...it's just something that I've been wanting for the last year or so. I do play guitar but I'm no guitar virtuoso. I like to strum my acoustic, play power chords on my electric or get all SciFi with my Ebow and EFX pedals. Basically what I'm saying is I'm not a master guitar or bass player so I don't really know what exactly I want. But I do know what I sort of want. I've got a 4 string POS 1000 that just flat out sux. It sounds like crap, the neck is loose and I never play it. It was something left at my studio a long time ago. What I want is a bass that is versatile and would work well for various types of music, if there is such a beast. Something that would sound equally good in reggae and heavy metal music - just to pick two types out of a hat. If I had my druthers and a million space bucks, I'd get a Steinberger just because I think them things are KEWL. It screams 80's! But I don't have my druthers nor do I have a million space bucks. Instead I've got 600 magic beans and a lot of hopes and dreams. What I'd like to have is a bass that sounds good when recorded. I don't have an amp to play it through but I've got several DI's and preamps to play with. I've demo'd a few different basses. Some had a round sound. Some had a flat sound and others were bright. What I'd like is one that has the potential to create a wide variety of sounds. As for the asthetic it's not that important, although I do like the narrower rounded bodies like on some of the spector basses. So...Any suggestions or recommendations or maybe things that I should look for?