I'm a day into my new Yamaha BB425 and very happy with it I am too - my first fiver. But - I've been playing stuff that requires a low E and what I'm finding is that the sound and quality of the fretted E is not doing it for me. It's much the same as with a C on the 8th fret of the E string on a 4 string bass. It has it's place, but is not suitable for say 8th notes picked where I would use the C on fret 3 of the A string. Now I'm thinking, why have a 5-string at all if I'm not going to use the fretted E. Question: why do you prefer to use the fretted E over the open E?