Well it finally got here last night. Thanks to a deal that was too good to refuse, I ended up with a brand new G&L L2500 in 2 tone Sunburst. I had been hesitant about moving to a 5 string, but the price was right and I figured it was now or never. I had previously been playing a Fender MIA Precision 4, and have never played a 5 string other than for a minute or two at Guitar Center. From the time Fedex dropped it off, it was only 45 minutes until I had to be at rehearsal and there was no way I was not going to try it out. I warned everyone that I would be hitting some wrong strings and they were cool with it. I was right, it did take some getting used to. First my thoughts on moving to 5 from 4: I was one of those "I'm perfectly happy with my 4" kind of guys. Moving up to a 5 was at first very awkward. I was repeatedly instinctively hitting the B string when I meant to hit the E. This got better as the night moved on. One thing I like about the L2500 is that the neck seems to be the same width at the nut as the Precision 4, but with tighter string spacing. It was nice not having to adjust to having a wider plank in my hand. Towards the end of the night, I had adjusted pretty well and was hitting most if not all of the correct notes. Like I said, I was one of those happy 4 string guys, but I gotta tell ya... As I got more comfortable with it, I started venturing into B string land. We have one song that ends on a long sustained D. Man oh man, using that low D on the B string instead of up on the A string was unbelievable! It was like holding a big fat thunder stick! I think I got hooked for life on that one note! My goal is going to be not to over abuse the below E notes on the B string, but to use them sparingly as kind of like exclamation points when I need them. Man oh man, that sound was incredible though. BONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG. Now for my thoughts on the L2500 compared to my P. I love my Fender P. It has that fat thick sound that is unmistakable. This was my first "real bass" after a beginners run of low dollar Ibanez Soundgears. It is built like a tank and can handle all kinds of situations in fine fashion. The P has been described as a workhorse and that's what it is. It's a rockin bass that can hold it's own in many many situations. It is always going to be one of my favorite basses. It's main shortcoming is it's one size fits all tone. You have a tone knob and can treble things up a bit, but that's about it. The L2500 on the otherhand, seems to have so many tone/style combinations that it's going to take awhile to get the hang of it. Just a few switch flicks and knob twists and you can go from a fat P sound to jazz to funk and anything in between. It's definitely a jack of all trades kind of bass and feels great as well. It seems to be lighter than my P and did not make my shoulder ache after 3hrs of rehearsal. I think I'm in love and I don't care if G&L is about to dilute their line with a Korean version. This bass is very very nice. The only thing I don't like are the strings. It comes with SIT's. I have no idea what their reputation is. I think they are light guage because they seem very rubberbandy. I prefer a heavier gauge and strings will probably be my first upgrade. Overall I am glad about the move up to 5 strings, but don't get me wrong, I am not advocating it for everyone. It just seems like it's going to be a good fit for me. Sorry to ramble, but I just thought I'd share my persective. Now...back to that new bass! I bought it from Dave at Guitar Adoptions They have great prices and oustanding customer service!