Help me buy a 5-stringer prrlease!!! Hi. I've recently picked up bass playing again, after almost 8 years without playing. I used to own a very nice Fender Jazz bass, which I ended up selling. :scowl: I kept only my first bass, a proud 1986 Peavey Patriot. For obvious reasons, Im after a new bass, and this time I want a modern sounding, active, 5-stringer. But I dont want to spend that much right now. I just want a bass that can get me going, a learning tool, while I fatten my savings for a real killer bass. After doing a little market research, and after considering both my budget and the availability (I live in Europe ), Ive narrowed down my options to a few mid-priced basses: - Yamaha TRB1005 (about 750) - Yamaha RBX775 (about 750) - MIM Fender J Bass Deluxe V (about 700) - Ibanez BTB405 (about 550) - Ibanez EDC715 (about 575) - Ibanez EDB605 (about 550) I used to play mostly heavier rock, but nowadays Ive started to play a bit of everything, from fusion to funk to gothic to blues And I would really want a bass that can keep up with it good to slap, to finger-style or to tap (I love tapping!). I want a good flexible workhorse, capable of performing adequately in most styles. So help me out here. Which one would you recommend? Any others? Thanks in advance to al TBers! --- [EDIT] --- I think I'm too dumb to edit the poll... The "Fender Mexico Deluxe" refers to a "MIM Fender Jazz Bass Deluxe V".