I've been looking for a 5 string for the past couple years. I was lucky to get my 4 string Turner Electroline and I can't afford $4K for a matching 5 string. For the past year my favorite local shop has had a 5 string in that I really liked, but also couldn't afford at $1795. The bass was made by John Carruthers of Venice, CA for a small company named 17th Street. They have since gone out of business. So much for the "Limited Lifetime Warranty" that came with the bass. I guess that means the bass was warranted for the limited lifetime of the company, meaning 1 year. In any case Carruthers Guitars has been very helpful with information on the pickups, preamp, etc. He is still in business, has been for the past 40 years, and makes great basses and guitars under his own name. Specs: Body: Swamp Ash Weight: 8.5 pounds Same as my Turner and my Tele Fingerboard: Very dark Rosewood. I almost thought it was ebony Neck: Maple Bridge: Hipshot Tuners: Hipshot Scale: 34.5 Neck Radius: 14 inches Pickups: EMG TW both bridge and neck Preamp: EMG BQC Nut: Carved Bone The guitar is a dream to wear and is quite comfortable for 2 hours of practice using one of my 2 inch suede guitar straps. The neck is a dream to play; neither too wide, nor too narrow and shallow enough that I can keep my thumb in place in the middle of the back and easily reach from the top to the bottom string at the 12th fret. The neck pocket is so tight that I can't even slip a new $20 bill in any of the gaps. The pickups are very flexible with a volume knob for each pickup which are push/pull; down is dual coil (noisy and hot) and up is single coil (sweet, pure and not as hot). The preamp knobs are a stacked treble & bass and a stacked mid cut / boost on top of a frequency sweep. It is going to take a while to figure out this system. It is certainly very flexible with lots of good workable tones. However, it makes me appreciate all the more Rick Turner's proprietary Highlander system. The shop owner gets tired of most instruments that don't sell after a year (unless he is using them himself) and blows them out. I got this bass for 10% over cost. I'll post photos in a little while when I figure out how photobucket works.