I've come to the full realization today that I need to find a 5 string bass with a smaller string spacing. I got my first 5 string bass this past December, which is a Fender MIM 5 string Active Deluxe. For the most part I really like it and I love having the seperate bass, mid and treble cut/boost knobs. That's a must. But there always seems to be an element of me "fighting to try and play it." Not always and not everyday, but it seems like it's a bit to often. Sure, when I got it I wasn't use to playing on a wider neck, but at the time every 5 string neck felt huge to me and I thought that in time I'll get use to it. Yes, the bass has been setup pretty good. While at my local music store today I tried out a Schecter 5 string, one of thier import models. (Sold for around $580.00). Good Lord Almighty!!! Things that have been giving me grief on my Fender were effortless on this bass!! I was most amazed at how much better my attempts at slapping were. I'm pretty new to slapping and will admit that I sound very rough slapping on my Fender. With the Schecter there was no fighting it. I also tried out a Peavey Cirrus that was also an import and while it was nice I prefered the feel of the Schecter. the only reason why I didn't buy it was because something was wrong with one of the pots, plus another one of the knobs was missing. I want to explore what other options are out there. Something with a 35" scale....string spacing that's narrower than my Fender and a control layout like my Fender. Any recommendations? One other thing I should mention. I'm 57 years old and all the years of physical labor from my jobs have started to take a toll on my hands. Just lately I've noticed my hands are not as limber as they use to be. Don't know what the future holds so why should I fight playing my current bass if I can find one that I don't have to fight? Thanks for your time.