I am a new bass player currently playing in Church. Our church focusses songs primarily on Hillsong, Bethel and the early Hosanna/Vineyard stuff. I have only played a ESP LTD B10 (which appears to me to be a precision style bass) 4 string guitar and the tone seems awfully inadequate for this stuff. While for some songs it does sound well, for the most I am struggling to get the right mix of treble and bass and of course this makes everyone else disturbed! Now I have decided to upgrade to a Squier Jazz Guitar, either the VM or deluxe variant. Now my question is, will the $ spent for a 5 string be worth it? I've searched many forums and they all seem to talk about added benefit for a E-flat scale with a 5 string. In my playing of songs in C, D, D#, I have not felt the need for a 5th string most of the time. However I do feel limited when playing in E or F scale. For Eg. our church plays '10000 Reasons' in F scale and its always a struggle to do a 'F, E, D' note sequence when I play F note in the 4th string. So my question is - Do gospel bassists play F scale an octave up usually? If not how do they handle the F to Dminor chord sequence? An answer to this will help me to take a call on whether a 5 string is worth it.