After a lot of years of putting it off, I've finally decided to get serious and learn to play the bass. I've been scouring the local classifieds, and trying to read up on here so I can make an informed decision. One thing I'm still on the fence about is number of strings. For some reason I love 5 string basses; the look, the concept, everything. However, I'm not very musically inclined to start with, and adding an extra string to the mix just seems like it would make an already tough task even more difficult. I know it's a subjective question, but how much more difficult to learn is 5 string versus 4 string? Are 5 strings considered more for "advanced" bassists, or are they just a different experience than 4's?