I know these forums are pretty subjective when it comes to things like this but I'm a sucker for input when easily available. Just to give you some background to base your bass remarks off of, I've been playing for two years. I slap, pop, tap, finger, and pick so I'm looking for something flexible, crunchy yet punchy and under $600.
Personally, I'd go with a Peavey Grind.
Quote by breakdown123
Is there such a thing as a heavy riff with out chugging on the e string?
well if you were going with Peavey, what about a Millenium...I don't own one, but aren't they supposed to be nice? I'd have to play them both and see cause I've never played a Grind either
I don't know dude go to a music shop and check out ALL the basses under $### and see what you like best.
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Is there such a thing as a heavy riff with out chugging on the e string?
personally? I'd get some more money, at about 600-800 you start finding more awesomeness.
like the Jazz 24, Deluxe jazz, Schecter Stiletto Elite or Custom, Ibanez ATK...

or, you can look for them used now. your choice.
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As my sig states, I'm really looking into getting a Spector Legend Classic 4 String...which is about 530 US dollars (quoted from Musicians Friend), but thats just my input. Play as many basses as you can in that price range!
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A Schecter would be a great choice in the that price range. Good mid-level basses. You see them more in metal, but actually do well for just about anything.

Schecter Stilletto custom 5 or 4 $550.
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