Hi, I'm a long time guitarist (18+ years playing) and Piano/Synth musician (26ish years playing) who has decided to pick up playing a Live bass (A few hours and many trips to guitar stores). I've sampled many and the ones I really liked were the Epi FB, Ibby IC300EX (Which sold when I wanted to come back for it.) and the EBMM SUB stingray. After further comparing sounds and listening to it vs squire, and mexi fender Jazz basses and a few others I cant remember on different amps. Of the lot running under 400 USD; I have arrived to liking the EBMM the most. It's bright, gets punchy and dat gigantic midrange scoop to play with, amirite? Also, while I like the mexifender Jazzbass for its thumpy dark tones, I think I can tonesculpt the EBMM down with a homebrew "tone" pedal or some good old EQing on an amp (or use a pedal to roll those trebs off when I want a darker sound.). There's also using an obscenely long cable too.. Since its EB's lowest end bass, I'm curious what kind of problems people have experienced with this bass. While I often believe in "you get what you pay for." I have no problems servicing my gear to upgrade or update it. While I do like the characteristics of a EBMM if higher price, I feel for my studio this will sit well in it. Also, since this would be my first bass, should I go 4 or 5 string? The pros to 5 string I can consider is I have experience on 7 string and would prolly use that low string to hit lower registers, many bands I listen to use one live, and I don't mind string skipping if I need to. It'd save me from drop tuning and having to retune a bunch. Cons: Most tutorials I've found are aimed at 4 string. and restringing it will cost a little more. That's it. tl;dr 4vs 5 string bass? And what problems are in the EBMM stingray SUB? Thank you for your time.