Greetings fellow bassters! I've been a strict 4 string player my whole life, always considering the low B to sound muddy, the high C to sound tinny. Not to mention Jaco didn't need any more than 4. I also played upright as my main focus for many years, and I liked to keep as much consistency as possible between instruments. Then it happened, I adding a high C to my breedlove acoustic (see this post for more details), and I absolutely fell in love. The chordal voicings, the ability to transcribe melodies in their original pitches, solo, etc. I realized I don't want to give that up, and also, I want to be able to have 1 bass that does it all. I realized that I should actually get a 6 string electric. All of a sudden something clicked, and it seems like 6 string basses just "make sense". You have all the low notes of a B3, and you have some nice chordal voicings like a guitar. When jamming with a band, I haven't found the desire or need for more notes, but when playing alone, the additional strings really inspire and motivate me to practice more and explore the possibilties. I'm going to be traveling abroad for nearly the entire year next year, and I thought to myself, I should get myself a nice 6 string bass, because I'll have lots of free time to study and practice. I better make it electric, that way if I score some gigs along the way, I can hang with a loud band. Obviously, it led me to the SR506. I like the idea of close string spacing, as that's what I have on my acoustic (since it was originally a 4 string), and I love it. I play a lot of different styles, from finger picking bossa/jazz chords, to fingerstyle funk, walking bass, reggae, latin, and I'm also getting more into thumb picking funk styles. No slap though, not a fan. Anyways, I went to guitar center and played a Mitchell fusion 6 string, and immediately enjoyed my first 6 string experience. I actually got offered a church gig within the first 2 minutes of noodling. I thought it was a sign, but I had to run. I did some research on the brand after my experience, and read nothing but bad reviews. I figured the SR506 was still probably a better way to go, yet there is no way for me to play one locally. I went ahead and ordered a used one from GC for around 350, that way I knew if I didn't like it, I could return it easily enough. Received it yesterday, immediately didn't like it. It wasn't in the best of condition, pretty gunky, scratched up, and the battery cover in the back seems like its about to pop out. The strings are old and flaking apart, and the frets buzz like a mofo. NOW, my debate is this; do I get new strings, set it up properly, and give some TLC to this bass to try and get to know it a bit, or do I just return it to GC, and either a; order a brand new/better condition sr506, or say f it and buy that mitchell fusion regardless of what other people say, or just stay in the market and try to get my hands on some before making the decision. FYI, my main bass for nearly 10 years has been a G&L 2000 (not tribute), for which I cannot part. I also loved a fretless warwick where I switched out the pickups to bartolini J-bass. I always play my gnl passive, and I cater towards a vintage warm funk/jazz type of sound. I realize the Mitchell has similar style pickups to the gnl, where the bartolinis on the ibanez might be warmer. Thanks for listening to my internal debates. Any opinions or suggestions would be great!