I've been considering my options for an inexpensive but good quality 5 string and I want to try a Conklin GT5. Only problem is that no music stores in my area carry them so I can't try them for myself. They sound like they would be really good, but I want to know a few things about them first. How do you describe their tone? I like punchy tones with a good amount of warmth to them, while having a good cut. How is the B string tension? The 34" scale kinda turned me off at first, but then I realized a lot of good 5's are only 34", so I'm willing to give it a shot. How are the pickups? I hear they're ok, but could be better. I probably would upgrade them with higher quality Barts or EMG's eventually anyway, but not until I start actually needing to upgrade it. I might put a Aguilar OBP-1 preamp in there as well if I decide I want more tonal flexibility. How does the neck feel? I like large necks (ie. Spector, P-Bass, Stingray) but not too damn large. What about body weight? I know Swamp Ash is light but the bodies on the GTs are rather large, how does it balance out? Thanks for your time P.S. My dad is headed to Boston on a business trip and one of the reasons I'm asking this right now is because he just might (slim chance, but hopeful) be able to grab me a GT5 if we're lucky.