as the title says, I'm trying to get a sortve mix between a death era steve digiorgio sound and a cliff burton like sound. only looking to spend 300-400 bucks, was looking at ESP and possibly a fender jazz. any suggestions?
ESP probably wouldn't work as the ESPs DiGiorgio used were custom buit. You may want to look into a Squier VM Jazz, which (if I can remember what it sounds like correctly) is smooth and bassy. For EQ, just go for bass and mids, but more bass than mids.
Steve used a fretless. If you're gonna get the Squier Jazz, get the fretless version.
Wow.... Hold on kiddo, Cliff Burton and Steve Digiorgio have COMPLETELY different tones, you really have to decide here. Cliff was mostly no-lowend distorted sloppiness on a modded Ric and Steve Digiorgio is speed and finesse on a custom fretless bass.