First, I should say hi. Some of you may know me from other forums. I'm a guitar player looking to get low and learn bass. This isn't a whim or what not, I really want to become a bassist, and learn the right way. I've been searching the forum, reading appropriate stickied threads (NEWBIE Links, etc). I intend to stick with this for the long haul, but I also don't have the cash to lay out for a $2000 bass at the moment (new baby in the house, etc). So, that said...I've gathered that most recommendations for newbie bassists are for a Jazz or Jazz style bass to start with. My question is, should I start with 4 or 5 strings? I'm definitely open to the used market and would like to stay below $750 for the instrument itself if I can. Regarding stylistic influence, I admire the playing of Danyel Morgan (Robert Randolph and the Family), George Porter Jr., Allen Woody, etc... Any recommendations regarding 4 vs. 5 or even particular bass?