I'm getting rid of the fifth string for good! Dumping my Washburn Lyon for a Jazz Bass. I am just in doubt if I buy an used Fender MIM or a brand new Tagima... (...) I think the fifth string is pretty much worthless... I never use it... only as a thumb support! If I ~ever~ need a lower D... it's so easy to just lower the E string... And it makes thumb-muting more complicated... my finger resists to lay down on 3 strings at once!