Not sure if this should be here or in basses. I have been having some pain issues playing a 5 string. My 34" scale, thinner neck Yamaha 5 string isn't too bad, but when I play a 34" scale skinny 4 string at the store I barely notice that I am playing. Yeah, there's a little GAS involved as I really like the 4 string (blue with maple board and matching headstock, HS pups and 3 way preamp) Sterling but id does have a wide variety of tones and the neck is sweet. I don't overuse, but do make use of the low B for church and smooth jazz stuff like Yellowjackets, Spyro Gyra, etc. I think some tunes really "need" the low stuff. Some things you can take up an octave. I'm guessing that a 4 string would make m echange my approach to playing - which may not be all bad, right? What are your thoughts? Did you miss the low B if/when you made the switch?