Hi all! I've been lurking about trying to pick up some tips from all the previous threads, doing my best to learn as much as possible before asking stooopid questions! I'm currently a guitar player primarily (yes yes, I know) and play in quite a successful, yet unsigned, band from London, England. I'm well into funky bass and now want to get a really nice 5 string to continue progress of my slap technique and general grooving, getting off my knackered Hohner Jazz! Now, I work in a guitar shop, which means I get stuff at trade price! SOooooOOoooo I think I can narrow my choice down a little bit! I'm mainly looking to play Jamiroqui style bass, learning more advanced slap along the way and also delving into more Jam-Band style music, so definitely want the versatility of a 5 String for the heavier rock moments. Id also like to do something more rock/progressive based once Im more skilled. Now, I love the growl and gravel of the Jazz bass, so I'm thinking a Mexican Jazz V? However, I know that Yamaha's are amazing quality, so the alternative is a TRB5II. The TRB is def more money, and I definitely want something that will last well once I'm more skilled, even if it becomes a second bass. I fear the Mexican Fender may be a bit too low quality, and lacking the versatility of active pickups? BUT.........is the Yamaha really worth that much more? Will I still get the Jazz Bass growl that I love? I can't really afford a full USA Jazz V yet either....... I've picked those two as I can buy them both nice and cheap through work! I also love the look of the MTD Kingston V too, and noticed it has some fans here.....but how does it rate compared to the two basses I mentioned above? Would it be worth me paying over the odds for a bass like the MTD from another shop, for a bass that I much prefer the look of over the Yamaha AND Fender? In other words, is it a patch on those two and even worth considering! One thing that I think is quite important to me is balance of the guitar.......I hate the way my current cheapy Jazz is so neck heavy. Will a Jazz V be much the same? Sorry to be long winded! I want to jump n with a quality guitar but not go mad with the money, so it has to be a lasting guitar and not leave me feeling I should have spent more! Cheers!