Here's the situation, I have a 3/4 bass that I use for playing with my friends. We don't play publicly, we just like to get together and jam, maybe in a large living room or outside with 5 or 10 other friends. I'm getting older and don't want to haul this thing around anymore so I'm thinking of getting a 1/4 bass for the mobility. I can adjust to it fine so I'm not worried about the different size. My real worry is that I, or the other fellas, won't be able to hear me play. I've never played nor heard a 1/4 play with other instruments so I don't know if they're very quiet and I'll need a pickup, or if the volume is fine and just the sustain and depth of the notes are different. I looked in there at that FAQ for 1/4 basses and read all the posts but didn't see one that addressed playing in small groups directly. So do you guys think I'll need a pickup or will that 1/4 play loud enough for my small group of friends? If you think I need a pickup can you suggest one? There's so many and I've never used them. I looked on YouTube too but I just confused myself. Thanks for the help!