(I'm sorry if this topic's been covered before, but the forum search removed key things like "P/J" and the 5 from "5-string", so I was only able to do a search for "string" which was less than helpful. That said...) I'm a beginner/intermediate player, and I'm hoping to start playing gigs before the end of the year. My main bass is a 2006 MIM Fender Jazz bass, but I've also got a '72 Gibson EB0. Trying to be professional about things, I'd like to have a backup bass available/ready if I do start playing gigs, and for a number of reasons (value, considerable difference in sound), I'd like to get another bass besides the EB0 as my backup. I tend to play in the alt-country genre, and would like to find a bass with a sound that is complimentary to that style. Talking to my teacher over the weekend, I mentioned I was thinking about either a p-bass or a 5-string as a backup (either of which might push my jazz bass to backup status), and he suggested I look out for a 5-string p/j combo. Since my jazz bass is passive, I'm looking for a passive p/j so as not to throw off eq should I need to switch. Since my playing is still very much a hobby (and my wife just lost her job) I can't throw down a couple grand for a boutique bass. What are some of the options available to me, particularly where money is a definite concern? As a bit of an aside - would it be doable to put together something like this as a franken-bass, and if so, which parts (5-string, p/j) would I want to make sure were done at the factory, and which would be mod-able at home? Thanks!