Hi. I've been playing guitar for about 8 years and i've decided to make a switch to bass. Half a year ago, i walked into a guitar store and pretty much bought the cheapest 4 string bass I could find, just to get used to the feel of it. Now I'm ready to put more money in and get a decent bass but I can't quite decide between a 4 and 5 string. I'm so used to 4 string basses, and 5 string basses feel quite strange whenever I play them (Especially the thumb muting issue). However, I guess the extra range could come in useful. I'm hoping you experienced players could help me out. How useful is that extra string?? Or does it just get in the way most of the time? I've also heard that it makes slapping a bit of an issue. Thanks so much.