I have always found Ibanez basses to be extremely playable but a little short on tone. As a bass player for a few years in a rock outfit I always found myself comparing every bass I tried to the thin necks from my friends first Ibanez bass when we were in highschool.
I had a chance to play an F Bass this weekend and it knocked my socks right off. Occasionaly you will find one from the 80's that is for sale and it is worth every penny. New ones start at $6000 or something rediculous.
The John Myung signature basses from Yamaha are also really amazing see if you can find an old RBXJM2 floating around.
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Awesome man. That's helpful in hindsight haha. I ended up buying a schecter 6 string. Some amazing bass players I know gave it good reviews. Did you find it hard to adjust to getting good bass tones?