I always played 4 strings, but had to get a 5 for a few tunes with the band I'm in.
I think if you're going from a 4 to a 5 you should get a 5 with a slender neck which means smaller string spacing. I started with a Warwick corvette 5 (going from Jazzes and MusicMan Sterling). It took a little getting used to, but its not bad. I didn't like the sound o the MEC pickups and ended up getting rid of the Vette for cheaper Squire deluxe V Jazz. That big Fender 5 string neck sucks! It's so damn wide and makes my hand hurt.
I went from a great playing bass that didn't sound good to a hard playing bass that does sound good. Now I'm thinking of either a sterling by musicman ray35 or a Spector legend 5. Both are great sounding, great feeling, and affordable basses. I don't play 5 much so I don't like to have a lot invested
It's all a feel thing. Everyone is different. Just stick with it and you'll get used to it. I've found it easiest to rest my thumb on or under the B when not playing on it, and have to cramp my left hand to wrap my thumb around to mute the B when slapping or using a pick. But I try not to slap or pick on my five for those reasons.
Oh and I switch between the 2 live all the time. I prefer my 4 string and I've gotten to the point where I only pick up the five as needed. I used to tough it out with the 5, but I only have like 2 or 3 songs I need it on now so i just set I down...
Last edited by RickRocks : 01-15-2013 at 11:47 AM.