I've been playing bass in my bedroom for a while now. I have a pretty but pretty crappy 1970s Yamaha semi-acoustic (SA70, I think). I've been thinking of branching out into some new styles and techniques (slap, dub/reggae etc.) Physically and because of its old electrics, my bass isn't good for much apart from the soul/Motown style lines I play with my fingers. The bass isn't 'bassy' enough for reggae and slapping it isn't feasible either and its beginning to feel limiting.
So I had a look at various P and Jazz bass clones. And briefly tried playing a few. The frets seemed miles apart and the strings felt unwieldy.
Does anyone have experience of switching to a long-scale bass? Are there any tips or tricks you can share? Also any recommendations of suitable instruments would be very welcome.