While I'd like to have an actual bassist for recordings, I'm still interested in recording myself just to see how certain ideas sound, improve those recordings skills, etc.. And of course if I am happy with the playing and it's a song where nothing too fancy is needed I might want to just keep the track and actually use it. So with that in mind, what's a bass that will sound decent to good on recordings and won't set me back too much. I would love an American P-bass but they seem like they are too much new and I'm not finding a local deal on a used one. How are the Mexican ones. On the other hand it could be something I end up keeping for a long time and wanting to have around and occasionally use. So lets say budget of 600-1200. Really what I want is something that plays well, has a good natural tone, and preferably doesn't need to have the pickups replaced to sound good. I had an RBX 374 and it was definitely ok to play but I wasn't that happy with the sound, so when I was moving I sold it. 5 strings is preferred.