I just thought I would share the mods that I have done on my bass. I think they turned out rather well. The first was to add a Leo Quan Badass V bridge. I wasn't sure how easy it was going to be to get it on since the Leo Quan site doesn't list any dimensions. As it turns out, it's a rather easy swap. The four screws holding the back of the stock bridge line up with the four center holes on the Badass. The Badass is big enough that it covers the two other holes in the body that are used on the stock bridge. All you have to do is add the two holes for the screws beside the B and G strings and you are done. I didn't notice as much of a change as compared to the swap I did on my Vintage Modified 4-string. This probably has something to do with the stock bridge on the 5-string being much heavier and bulkier than the stock bridge on the 4-string in comparison to the Badasses. Definitely an improvement in tone though, even with the stock strings! The next mod was to add a metal control plate, like the ones that come on most every other Jazz bass. This one wasn't quite as easy. My bass had the concentric treble/bass control in the third position. The hole in the control plate isn't quite big enough to get the shaft through. All I had to do was drill it out a little. Had I been thinking, I probably could have moved it to the back where the output jack is usually located. That hole is a little bigger in the control plate. If you remove all of the washers and nuts from the underside of the stock controls (i.e. inside the control cavity), you gain enough extra length on the pots shafts that they will stick through the body AND the control plate enough to get the washers and nuts on. The only hard part is the switch. If you simply drilled a hole in the control plate exactly where the stock switch sits, it would be VERY close to the edge. I didn't think it would look very good. I just moved the stock switch in a little and drilled a new hole for it. It's only a small mod, and is purely cosmetic, but I think it makes the bass look a little better. What do you think? Next up is going to be a pickguard. This one is going to get tricky. The white pearoid pickguard on 4-string is just kind of sitting there (the stock black one is under it). I am going to use it to try and make a template for a custom pickguard. While it helps that the jazz pickups are the same size on the 5-string as a 4-string, it doesn't help that Squier decided to move the bridge pickup closer to the nut on this model. I'll post some more pics with the pickguard later.