Hi, TalkBass members I have been playing bass for almost a year and a half. I posted a comment on the TalkBass YouTube channel about what beginner bass to buy, and I ended up going with a Fender Squier Affinity P/J 4 string bass (Linked here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DWVBDM8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1v ). I have played in jazz bands, worship bands, and jam sessions with that bass since. I now feel it's time to upgrade (as well as add another string for the synth bass lines that a lot of worship songs have nowadays). I have been looking at the Yamaha TRBX305 (Linked here: https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-TRBX305-PWT-5-String-Electric/dp/B00GEC019I/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1510026257&sr=1-1&keywords=yamaha+trbx305&th=1 ). I've played with it at a family owned guitar shop. The owner of the store said to me he'd order one and set it up for free (which he said would normally be $50 if I brought him a guitar from elsewhere). Does anyone have this bass? If so, how has it held up to your playing? Would this be a good intermediate bass? Please, let me know! Thanks Edit: Also, what hard case fits well with this bass? I don't want to ding it up in a cheap gig bag like my previous bass.... UPDATE: Thank you, everyone, for the contributions to this post! I did not end up going with the TRBX305, or the Ibanez, or any 5 string bass for that matter... My friend is a worship leader at a church and his bass player (who is a very awesome player) convinced me to wait and buy a Fender MIM P bass. This does not mean the information in this thread isn't useful though. It's a good read on 5 string basses on a budget.