First of all, I would like to say hello to all of my fellow bassists out there! I am a few minutes new to this 'site. I've read a lot of the posts on this forum and it is such a great place to be! Ok, So I have this beautiful 4-string Read Custom bass that I have had since June of 2002. I picked out the wood, helped with some of the design, and waited about 7 months for it to be built. It is probably the prettiest bass I have ever seen. Quilted maple/ebony top, mahogany body, maple/ebony fingerboard. BEAUTIFUL! My problem is that I do not give it enough attention and I basically play my Read Custom 5-string all of the time. The sound of my 5-string is so dark and tight, (Morado top, Mahogany body, Pau Ferro fretboard), and the 4-string is so much brighter and I am unable to come close to the same sound with it. Obviously the woods I had chosen took effect in the sound. It is a slapping machine, but when you want that staccato Jaco-esque or "dirty" sound, the 5-string rocks it. My 5-string is what I like to sound like when playing bass, so I like to use it all of the time. My question is: Do I sell it? Do I keep it? Go to: www.trebekband.com, click on Media, under bios click on MIKE and there is a link at the bottom of the page where you will see a picture. Oh, check out some songs while you are at it if you'd like to. Bass solo in "HOPE ROAD" on that very bass! I would really love to have another 5-string or even a 4-string that can get asimilar sound as my 5. Any suggestions? I know...it is a tough one. Thanks!