I play a five string (Ibanez EDB605) its my first and so far only bass. Ive been playing almost two years (so far not in a band situation) I have a good friend (sax player) who said something recently that got me thinking he said that I am getting really good and he is impressed with how my playing is coming along, but he cant wait to hear me on a four string. He said he thinks that by learning to play and practicing and developing as a player on a fiver with narrow string spacing that when I get a hold of a four string, maybe with wider string spacing that I will really tear it up and sound even better than I do on the five. I dont know if thats really true, but it made me think. Im sure playing a four would really benefit slap & pop technique but I dont know how else it would help maybe with fret board familiarity & note choice since there are fewer notes? Now, after several months of being broke I just activated a new credit card (so technically Im still broke but I have buying power uh oh!) and I cannot stop thinking about four strings. I am full of questions, but here are a few Id like opinions on: Is it any easier to play a four as opposed to a five? Is a four string possibly more appropriate for a band situation? (even if only so my bass doesnt freak out the guitarist) Does anybody think that buying a four is a waste of money when you already have a five? Does anybody think I should dump the fiver and concentrate on getting comfy with the four then maybe come back to a five later after I know the difference (could offset some of the cost and it is an Ibanez) or should I definitely keep the five so that I can always play in standard and never drop to D? For the music I usually play (blues/classic rock/hard rock/metal/punk/alternative) I really want to try out a MIM P bass, I also want to try the Rock Bass by Warwick , I figure I better try a J just because and also maybe a Yamaha. Any opinions on any of those basses? Anything else I should try in the same price range? Sorry for such a long post Ive got a lot on my mind.