I think the John Myung bass is a heavy, uncomfortable, ugly piece of wood with John Myung's name on it. *That's it. *If you want a sub-$1500 bass that is good... I still think the Peavey Cirrus line is as good as it will EVER get. *I think the Ibanez line is pretty crappy, but a lot of guitarists seem to like them, if anything, because they have smaller necks and are easier to get used to after playing some tiny guitar. *All the real good 6 strings are a couple thousand bucks... basses seem to be the same as classicals or acoustics in general, the more that you pay *generally* will reflect on the quality greatly... but I think for $1k, you can get a DAMN GOOD bass from peavey.