My Dad told me he would buy me a Stingray 5 if I got nothing below a B in any grading period this year. I havn't been making the grades, and don't think I will any time soon. My parents will buy me a new high quality bass other than the MM. I'm in need of a new bass (see profile), and I have some upcoming jazz gigs. I think if I'm going to get a American Jazz bass (not sure about deluxe) The local stores don't carry the cirrus or TRBs, Should I just buy the Jazz bass and forget about the Stingray, or should I go on with minute hope with my current bass as my main one? I can live without 5 strings (actually in a way I want to stick with 4) Don't need the fifth, don't like the sound, it's just that so many people here say you can't live without em. I know I'm not going to make the grades. Any drawbacks? Should I accept the gracious offer from my parents?