I want to get a new bass. I basically have a beginner Epiphone. It doesn't havea good sound when I try to slap (which I am still learning). Also after a month or two dead spots seem to appear on random frets each time. My guess is teh strings are getting too dirty. Some I have some questions. I wanna get a 5-string bass cause a lot of the bands I like play five strings. The ideal bass in my mind right now would be a baby blue 5-string Fender American Deluxe Jazz bass. The chances of me finding it are hard. I don't want to order it cause I want to play it first. But I wanna know how are most Fender 5-strings? Another question is which are a good 5-string with a nice thick sound. My main goal is to get a bass that has a thick dreaery sound to it. I wanna try and match the sound of Terence "Geezer" Butler of Black Sabbath and G//Z/R. I know he uses a french made Viagria (sp?)... Like the old guy pill.... So any suggestions on a Black Sabbath sounding bass?