I don't play or listen to modern country at all, but I do stuff on the periphery - I've been in rock bands (original and covers), and I play a lot of roots/singer-songwriter type of stuff (among many other things which are less obviously related). I may have the opportunity to do some gigs with a young upcoming country artist due to my connection to his current touring drummer, and according to my friend the current bassist is using a 4-string but they wish he'd use a 5-string due to some of the song keys - they also play tuned down a half-step from the original recordings of the material which I will be learning. I currently own three basses: 1. A Fender/Squier (neck/body) MIJ Jazz with a series/parallel mod, otherwise pretty standard. This is my main gigging bass. 2. A Fender Aerodyne P-Bass with P and bridge-J pickups, modded with a 3-way toggle switch pickup selector. 3. A MusicMan SUB 5-string fretless, strung EADGC with flatwound strings (my others are all rounds). I like this bass a lot and use it on many different styles. For the meantime I've re-strung the Aerodyne BEAD, so that I have access to the lower notes and since I probably can do just fine without the G string given the fairly simple, linear nature of the bass parts. The drummer suggested I use the MusicMan as he thinks my fretless playing is fine, but I'm not sure the combination of the flats and fretless fingerboard will give me the tone I'd want for this gig (I may change my mind about that down the road, who knows). If this turns into a long-term gig I may look at picking up a fretted 5-string (assuming I get sick of the BEAD on the Aerodyne ... which I don't know yet). If you have some experience with the modern country scene and were buying a new bass, under $1500 I think preferably, what would you be looking for? I like the Fender/MusicMan vibe and feel, but I'm not stuck on them necessarily. I'm also thinking active electronics might be nice, although I haven't owned an active bass in over 20 years... If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear 'em!