I've been playing bass for over thirty years, and in recent years have been fortunate to own a number of high-end basses (MTD, Lakland, F-Bass, Roscoe). But, after all these years of the hi-fi stuff, I want to get a bass with a more "traditional" sound, so I thought I would look into a moderately priced 5-string Fender Jazz Bass. Yesterday, I stopped at the Guitar Center here in Colorado Springs (which is a bit smaller store than most of their other mega-stores). I'm looking at the wall of Jazz Basses when the salesman asks if he can help me. I ask him if they have a 5-string Jazz Bass. He looks kind of puzzeled and says "I don't think we've ever had a 5-string Jazz Bass in the store, but we have some nice SWR and Warwick 5-strings". I said "No, I'm looking for a Fender 5-string." "Well, if you know the specific model number, I can order one for you." So, I tell him I don't want to order one, I want to play one first. "Well, I can get one from one of our other stores, but you'd have to buy it." Then I asked him if he could explain a little about the differences in the various jazz bass models. "Well, there's the P-Bass and the Jazz Bass, but that's about it. They're pretty much all the same." So I said: "No, there's a number of different models of Jazz Bass; some made in different countries, and some with active preamps." Dimwit: "No, the only way to get an active preamp in a Fender bass is to special order it through the Custom Shop." End of conversation.