I've been playing for 35+years,and have owned and still own top quality basses.(MM stingray, Fender Jazz,Spector and even PRS)and have always played 4 string. I finally decided to go 5 and I'm loving it. This bass makes it so easy. I purchased it and a week later played it at our Sunday morning service like it had been my main bass for years. The playability, feel, tone, looks and versitility is top notch.