As with any potential purchase I always like to ask those who have experience before shelling out my hard earned cash. I've been looking for "thee" five string bass for quite a while and I think it's down to two that I tried today. Both are American Standard 5 string Jazz basses, one with a maple neck and the other has a rosewood fretboard. Did a lot of comparing between the two and while it's a tough call I seem to be leaning towards the maple neck model....but in some ways it wasn't a totally fair comparison. The maple neck models action was flawless with effortless playing. No fret noise anywhere from top to bottom and the strings sounded pretty new. The rosewood neck models action wasn't quite as low as the other, but it still played pretty good. But the strings were a lot deader sounding. So it was kind of hard to say which one "sounded better." I've never owned a bass that had an all maple neck and as far as I could tell it had a nice, mid push to it all, even on the higher notes. That's important to me. I currentley have an MIM Active Deluxe 5 string Jazz and to be honest, I've never come to grips with that bass. No matter what I always feel like I'm fighting to play it. The Standards just felt of a much better build quality and in my poinion the tension on the low B blew the MIM's right out of the water. Simply put, there was no fighting to play the Standards. So why fight it with my MIM any longer? Plus, I find I'm leaning more towards the passive sound again. I know the final choice is mine, but to those who own the American Standard Jazz 5, what are your impressions? How long have you owned it and is it holding up well? Any complaints? I want to hear it all be it good, bad or ugly.