So, recently I've been shopping around for a new fretted bass. I'm pretty happy with my fretless (a Yamaha BB404F), but am overall less thrilled with my fretted (an Ibanez SRX400). Trying out bunches of basses, I've decided a six would be pretty cool, and I think I could make musical use of the extra range. So, I've been pretty impressed with the SR506 I played. They sound really good, are very well built, and are a little over $600 new, less used. My problem is that I find the narrow string spacing a little weird. I can play fingerstyle and slap OK, but it feels a bit tight. Also, I actually prefer, slightly, the feel of a larger body (like the Ibanez BTB series). Also, while I really like the sound of this bass, I also liked a Lakland 55-01 (although it's only a 5) and an Ibanez BTB1205 I played (and they make 1206s). A part of me thinks better, especially the Lakland, but it might just be that the tone is different. I have no doubt that the wider string spacing feels more comfortable to me now. While I don't really like the Yamaha TRBs especially much (not to dis, just personal tone preferences), the 6 string neck feels perfectly comfortable to me, so reasonably wide string spacing in a 6 string isn't a problem for my left hand, it seems. So, is the thin neck and body something I can get used to? I can afford a SR506 now, but not a BTB1206. I could also probably swing a Lakland 55-01 right now if I wanted to give up on 6 strings. Another option I need to try out is the Ibanez BTB556, which is just a bit more expensive than the SR506, has the same pickups as the SR506 (and Lakland 55-01, for that matter), and a bolt-on neck, rather than the thru-neck of the BTB1206. Basses in question: http://ibanez.com/guitars/guitar.asp?model=SR506 http://ibanez.com/guitars/guitar.asp?model=BTB1206E http://ibanez.com/guitars/guitar.asp?model=BTB556MP http://www.lakland.com/basses/55-01.htm Thanks for any opinions on this matter!