I swore to myself when I began playing I would NEVER get anything but a four string bass. The 5+ string would be too confusing I thought. Well I went and played a five string 24 fret Ibanz and was astonished, amazed, and ing. So, it being my birthday and all I decided to get it. (I fiddled around with it forever, im supprised they didn't ask me to leave ) So I've got my new 5 string and love it. =) I had no idea active pick-up's had made that big of a difference!