Hello All I must say this is a great board to gather information. I have been reading the posts for about a week now and finnaly dicided to jump in. But anyway back to my dillema. After a decade of waiting I have finnaly dicided to pick up a bass again and take some lessons. I have dicided to make my first purchase a MIM jazz bass they seem to have a good reputation and I like the traditional fender look. But I don't know if I should go 4 or 5 string. It seems that many of you like them for the extended range but is it something a biginner should start out on or is it something you only need if you plan on playing a perticular type of music??? Forgive my ignorance but I figured I'd ask those in the know. Thanx in advance for any advice.