I finally took the plunge and bought a six string, I picked up an Ibanez SR506. Before anyone scoffs at my choice, let me say right off the bat that being an happily married father of two, I cannot spend $4000 on some boutique bass. That being said, the SR506 is a really nice little bass and I can finally see where you extended range folks are coming from; I have to admit that having that little C string gives it a really nice added dimension. I must extend my sincere apologies at all of you, you were right, I was wrong. To all of you that think that it's good sport to bash on Ibanez, please try a few before you chime in. To all of you on a budget like myself, I highly recommend this bass. It looks good, sounds good, plays good, and it's affordable.