I'm starting to look for a 4 string bass to play in my current band. I play 5 string oddly. I like to spout off the 2 octave reach in any position as the reason that I play 5. But I don't think that's it. I play 5 just like I would a 4. However when I play a 5 I feel like my style becomes a little more over the top. With a 4 I just keep it simple and groove. So I'm looking to get something that just oozes tone with 4 strings so I can stick to my job of holding the groove. I like a lot of basses and I know there is something in common but I can't put my finger on it. I'm hoping you guys can help me identify it so that I can understand my own tastes better, and so I can find other instruments I might be overlooking that are right up my alley. What do these basses have in common? EBMM Stingray Gibson Thunderbird Ric 4003 Fender MIA P Deluxe I think at least a little bit of it is that they all get a little "grindy" or "growly" or whichever buzz word you like better. Are there any other basses that fall into this niche of sound/tone? And what makes me like these basses so much? Thanks for your time guys, always appreciated!