I've been gassing for an ABG for months now, and having played a goodly number of them, have decided to hold out for a Tacoma. The Olympia basses just didn't measure up, and while the Michael Kelly Solid ABG I played was much more impressive than the laminated ones, and a pretty good deal, I've got my heart set on a Tacoma. I'm in the process of switching over to playing five strings, and I'm really curious about the Tacoma Thunderchief 5-string. I haven't had a chance to play one, so here are some questions for anyone who has knowledge of this bass. It seems to be 34" scale, from what I've read, and I'm worried that the B string might not be tight enough -- anyone have any comments on this? It also looks from the pictures I've seen that the string spacing on the five is really tight -- like they've just put five strings on the same neck as the four-string model. Is the string spacing too narrow? I'm worried that the string tension from a 5-string might be too much for the neck over time. Some people have reported neck problems with ABGs after a few years. Has anyone heard anything about the situation with Tacomas? I've also heard a rumor that Tacoma no longer makes the 5-string now that they've been bought out by Fender, and I've also heard that the quality has dropped as well. Any truth to these rumors, or is this just sorrow that another company has fallen to the Fender Goliath? Finally, there are two main pickup options -- the Fishman Active Prefix Plus and the Baggs pickup. I've heard the Baggs has a better tone, but is far more prone to feedback. I won't be gigging with this bass (I'm not in a band), so is this a concern? I've played a Tacoma with the Fishman, and it had a really nice tone, but lately I've seen mostly ones with the Baggs pickup for sale on the web. I'd like to hold out for the five string model, if it has a solid B string and the neck holds up well, but it seems like it's a hard thing to find anywhere. I may have to "settle" for a 4-string, since they're so much more widely available, but I really don't want to regret not getting a 5-string later if it's something great. I'm going to keep whatever I get for a long time. Any and all comments are greatly appreciated!!! P.S. I darn near pulled the trigger on a new Thunderchief 5-string with a Baggs pickup that was on ebay about 2-3 weeks ago. It sold for $860, and now I'm totally kicking myself.