As the title says, i'm in the market for a bass, somewhere around $400 - $500, preferably something I can order from zzounds (split price into payments) or pick up in that price range used. I have been looking around, and am not quite sure what I want to get. I do know that I do not want EMG's, nor do I want a mahogany body....swamp ash or alder, or even basswood would be awesome. My previous bass player had an Ibanez SR505 (mahogany body, bubinga neck) with EMGs and it just sounded horrid, it had no attack, no presence, and just sounded like a bland, muddy, bass that never sat well in the mix. So I figure I should approach bass as I do guitar: Bright woods/pickups, EQ more lows with the amp.