I know this has been rehashed more than a few times, but I'm asking how I may figure out if I should get a 5 or a 6 string fretted bass. I'm going to buy a Roscoe SKB fretted bass (or order it) next Thursday. I have been flipping back and forth on either the 5 or 6 strings. Here is some of my info: 1. I play mostly classic dancable rock, but my band is beginning to play some funk and current dancable music. I play mostly finger style and a little slap. I currently have a 4 fretted. 2. I'm not much of a soloist, but I've been working on it more than ever. The band wants me to do a little more than I currently do. 3. I do have small hands, but I've felt comfortable with the 6 stringed basses I've tried in stores-- but I've never played one for extended periods. My concerns: If I buy a 5, I'll wish I had the extra string to help me play in one position (or at least prevent me from running up and down the neck as frequently). If I buy a 6, I may never use the C string and it will just be another string to try to mute when I'm playing. One request: Please don't get into the 5 is better than 6, 6 is better than 5, or "Jaco only needed 4 strings" nonsense. I'm looking for a more objective response with the thought process behind it. Thank you in advance.