I was afraid this was going to happen A few weeks back, I decided I'd try five strings with a cheap bass, and picked up an OLP MM-3. I've always been a little scared of trying a five, since a) the neck width is intimidating and b) I have a bunch of fours that I really like, and I don't want to find myself not playing them in favor of a five. Some of you may be aware that I have a touch of arthritis in my hands. It really doesn't affect me seriously at this point, but my hands can get pretty stiff and painful. Because of this, I've kept a pair of short scale basses around the house - the shorter reach really helps on bad days. However, I'm finding the five is even easier to play than the shorties! Being able to shift position up the neck really shortens my reach. This is a side benefit of playing a five that I never anticipated. Of course, having that low B is a real eye-opener for me. I've been trying to relearn songs shifted up and over - most stuff boxes very nicely, and can avoid that damn twangy G entirely in almost all cases. Next step is to retune one of my fours BEAD to see if I can get the same benefit - my XM2A is a likely candidate. This could get expensive. I have a few fours I would never get rid of - my Sterling (in fact I wouldn't mind a second one!), my Ric, my Tacoma, my Steinie - but almost everything else may go on the block to finance a quality five. Like a Bongo!