I was recently in a 2nd hand store testing out amps when i came across this old, crappy, no-brand 5 string bass. For some reason i decided to try it (mainly to test a 5 banger through the amp), at first feel the bass was ****e, the strings were about 1.5cm (like 2/3rds on an inch) from the fretboard and it was so light it felt hollow, ohh and the strings were rusty and caked in crap. I plugged it in and i nearly wet myself after just one note, this thing sounded awesome!!! it had a great old school hollow thump tone (P-Bass style) the neck was fast however the action slowed me down alot! The best thing is it is only AU$265!! or something around US$180! I need a 5 string too! so i am thinking, i need this bass, but would changing the strings and set up affect that old school tone?