I knew a couple guys who'd borrow me their basses, so I figured it made sense to give them a proper test drive instead of just asking you guys which my next bass should be. Tried em both out for each of the songs we rehearsed with my band. So I'm now a little closer to pulling the trigger, but I've still got a couple questions, since the particular j-bass and stingray versions I played might not be prime examples of their species
J-Bass: Fender, mij, 60s style, from the mid '90s I think. Though the jazz bass vibe was definatelly there, it didn't nearly sounded as present and lively as the stingray, or even my Kawai alembic copy. Actually, a buddy of mine has a classic 60s J-bass, that sounds similiar, just A LOT better. Not sure if it's because of the pickups, which might be lacking output and well...Tone. Or maybe everything just sounded dull and dark because of the ancient strings. Also, it wasn't the string-through-body type bridge, I don't really know how big a deal that is.
Stingray: OLP MM2, maple neck. About as cheap and low end as it gets, which concidering the surprisingly great tone and feel makes me REALLY wanna try an active, mia musicman stingray.