Hey there. I'm looking to buy a 5 string and string it E A D G C, to do a couple of covers and write my own material on (mostly solo bass stuff, see Evan Brewer for example). However, I'm having trouble deciding between a few. My budget is around $1000-2000, but since I live in Australia (instruments get bumped up in price over here), it makes it hard to find my perfect bass for that price point. There are a few things I am looking for in this bass, including: - 24 frets - 34 inch scale - A "fast"/thin neck (obviously good construction etc) - Natural finish + nice looking woods (aesthetics aren't THAT important, but always nice) - Active pickups and preamp, possibly bartolini At the moment I have picked a few basses I have found online, and I was hoping anybody with some experience with these, or just 5 strings in general could give me some info. If it's any help, I currently own a SBMM Ray 34 and Ibanez SRX 360. First off: The Ibanez SR1205 Premium. Pros: -34" Scale and 24 frets -Fits nicely into my price range at around 1500 new here -Thin neck and nice woods (IMO, anyway) - Fairly common in music stores locally Cons: - Im skeptical as to how the Nordstrands will work with the sound i'm going for - from my understanding they replicate the sound of a single coil, just in a humbucker housing. - Many people seem to dislike the quality of Indonesian Ibanez's, however only having owned Indonesian-made basses I don't see that being an issue Musicman Bongo 5 Pros: -34" scale and 24 frets -Thin neck (A little thicker than the ibby) -lots of tonal control -Fairly easy to find in stores locally -American made Cons: -Expensive - Non-natural finish and strange body design (once again, aesthetics aren't a huge issue) Basswood isn't my favourite tone wood MTD Kingston KZ 5 Pros: -24 fret -Bartolini pickups -Nice aesthetic Cons: -35 Scale may make the High C sound odd -Difficult to find Localy So with all that information in mind if anyone could give me a bit of direction about which bass might be best for what i'm going for, it would be much appreciated. If there are any other basses that you think I should consider, i'm open to suggestions. Thanks very much in advance!