Ok, this is the deal. I'll be upgrading to a 5-stringer this spring (most likely) and now I need some advice on the topic (QUESTIONS BELOW). The current competitors are: MIA Fender Jazz V MIA Fender Jazz Deluxe V Lakland Skyline 55-02 Warwick Corvette Standard (5-strings) The starting point is this: I play death metal in a band and record my own stuff on the side. So mainly the genres I'm working in are metal, rock & jazzy fusion (some parts) + some slapping. I don't usually use any distortion, and my sound varies from deep growl to a more midrange "twang". Currently I use a Warwick Corvette Standard, with passive Mecs & four strings and a Hartke head + cabs (which will probably change). I need a pretty versatile bass with a solid, dependable construction (It will see gigs) & clear sound (It will be used in recordings, so no noise wanted). All the forementioned basses are within my budget (1000-1500e), and I have no desire to go custom at this point. So... THE QUESTIONS: - Is the Fender Jazz Deluxe V worth the additional cost (compared to the basic Fender V)? - Is the S-1 switch really useful? - How does the Laklands neck compare to the others (slimmer, chunkier, shape etc.) ? (I don't have a chance to test the Lakland, as I have to order it online) - Other notable things that come to mind? - Other bass Recommendations? I searched and read reviews (they're all great basses!) but the kind of comprehensive comparison is missing. I could say I can't see the big picture clearly, and that's why I need YOUR help. Thanks.