I know this is one of countless threads looking for an opinion on bass sound/quality...sorry ahead of time. I'm a drummer by trade, but love to dabble in the bass as a hobby. A few years ago I needed $$$ so I sold my two basses, a Spector Legend and a Fender American Jazz. I'm really jonesing and plan on start playing again as soon as I get a bass. I know I don't need a $2000 bass, or even a $1000 bass, but I am a bit of a snob so I want something halfway decent. Most likely I'll be playing on my own or with my church band, which is actually a pretty decent gig occassionally. I've narrowed my choices down to two basses....either one of the new Epiphone Classic Thunderbirds at $500, or the Jackson Dave Ellefson CBX at $400. I know they are both good basses and to be honest my playing level is above novice but not intermediate. I was wondering if anyone had any opinions on either of these basses? Any Thunderbird owners, or Jackson owners care to chime in? Also, curiousity here...a friend of mine suggested getting a five string, but I've never played one, does anyone think it's worth it for someone in my position to bother, meaning at my playing level? THANKS GUYS!!!