I've been playing guitar for close to 50 years but have only ever "fooled around" with a bass. However, the worship leader at church has asked if I'd consider sitting in on bass at least in a part-time capacity. Quite frankly, there are better guitarists than me at church. I'm inclined to do it, so I'm looking for a cheap but good bass (at least to start with, if this develops I might trade up). I want a short-scale to facilitate coming over from guitar. Plus I'm vertically challenged and have very short arms, and every full-scale bass I've ever tried to play has just felt horribly awkward to me and I don't want to do a Bill Wyman deal as far as holding it. I've narrowed my choices down to: Ibanez Mikro Bass Ibanez Talman TMB30 Gretsch Junior Jet 2202 or 2220 Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Special SS I'm going to toss out another "which would you choose" SOS with one variable ... I will almost certainly be playing with a pick. Would any of the basses I've mentioned be particularly conducive to that? Honestly, in my heart of hearts I'd probably prefer a Hofner Icon, even though I know it's kind of one note, I just really like that note, that woody thump. (Second variable, can any of the basses I've mentioned get into that neighborhood?) I'm just not willing to put even Hofner Icon money into something right now, I'm looking at $250 investment tops.