Here is the deal. I am buying a bass, my first bass to be exact. I am having a tough time deciding on whether to get a 5 or a 6 string. I have heard that with a 6 string you can play across the fretboard and not have to play up and down it so much. This is appealing to me. But could this also be done on a 5 string strung EADGC, or is the B actually needed to accomplish this? Also, if I did get a 5 and use EADGC would I find I wish I had that B? I cant think of any other questions right now...please be helpfull...I am buying either a 5 or 6...I dont want to hear people saying "so and so did it on 4", or "6's suck"...thats just unproductive. Also, if anyone has any other tips on "added bonuses" of a 5 or 6 string bass...please let me know!!! THANKS!!!!