I am a guitarist and want to get into bass a little for my home recording. I have been looking for a short scale bass and looked thru about 40 pages of basses for sale on the bay and local CL this morning. I came up with 7 possibilities? Wow! or Whoa! I should say. For me I need the instrument to be several things before I lay down any money. I am looking for aesthetically pleasing, affordable, not warped (dings are fine), short scale, vintage and with a case. Like I said I found 7 and of those 2 I might give some real thought to and those I will most likely be outbid on, but I will try. Anyhow, my statement is ... If those other 1,000 basses I viewed this morning were even kind of cool looking or not so uncool looking I would be in business at an affordable price point. Why are they all made with weird head stocks or strange details that aren't streamline and really a turn off?