It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I had the fortune of coming into a small amount of money, so when I was into the guitar shop for lessons today, I had planned on purchasing a Squier Bronco Bass. But then, the shopkeep pointed me towards an Ibanez GIO bass that's still within the price range of the aforementioned Bronco. I played around with both, and while the Bronco is sketchy and awesome, the Ibanez was modern and awesome. Pros for the Bronco -Price -Awesome punk rock vibe -Torino red! Cons for the Bronco: -Nonstandard bass pickup -Not as much sustain and reverb -Not sure what the body is...plywood? Paulownia? Pros for the Ibanez -Solid mahogany body -Standard humbucker pickup -Thumpy, slappy, and really nice bass sound Cons: -Price (is more expensive, albeit only slightly) -I don't like the natural finish -The GIO line has always seemed suspect for me. So, while I'm now stoked on guitars and basses, I'm horribly conflicted as to which one to buy! Any advice is appreciated.