I currently play in 2 bands and in both I need the flexibility of a 5 string. I had a beautiful Ibanez neck thru 5 string about 20 years ago, can't remember the model but it was a great bass.. if not heavy as hell. Unfortunately I sold it soon after because I was playing mostly blues and r&b at the time. Since then my two main basses have been a mid 90's Fender Jazz USA Deluxe, and an older Warwick Corvette... love those 2 basses. Since I play mostly fingerstyle and was used to the Ibanez 34" scale and string spacing on their 5's, I ordered a Soundgear 705. This is a really nice looking, well made bass for the price - great workmanship and light. Very easy to play, but after almost a year, I can't seem to get a sound I really like out of this thing. It works for playing gigs but I would never record with it. So all that said, any recommendations on another 34" scale 5 string... or should I go through the trouble of changing out the preamp and pups. I've gone this route in the past and had less than impressive results.