Hey TB'ers Just a historical note, apparently Paul is credited with making the first "modern" 5 string in 1977. I can't imagine that some unknown luthiers weren't banging around on some 5 string designs way prior to this in their basements and garages, but I can't find anything. Anyone? He made #7 for me in 1976 which was replaced with #11 in 1977. It looks like the five string was made from the same batch of dark highly figured mahogany as my #11. I would guess it would have to be either the 10th or 12th instrument Paul had ever made. I remember Paul talking about Tony Bunn being an awesome player - who had the original idea and worked with him on the design - but I never met Tony, and I never realized Paul had built a 5 string for him. More here: http://alembic.com/club/messages/449/109381.html And here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Bunn PS: just found a Fender 5 string from the 60's here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:FENDER_BASS_V_view.JPG Body kind of similar to the mustang, anyone ever seen one of these? Maybe this is not considered the "modern" era?