uselessoldman wrote:Thanks everyone for your input and I decided to go for the Ibanez SR305EB should be arriving today or at latest tomorrow depends on the post. Having owned some good quality guitars I know all about paying for quality, things are a budget price for a reason (usually). I decided to get the budget 5 string simply because should I buy a 4 string later down the line, I would get a good one and splash the cash, but probably on a good second hand one. Now is not the time to buy its xmas and the choice is limited.
Since I am not a seasoned bass player moving from 6 strings to 5 should not be as difficult and the spacing less of a problem. I was actually in the process of buying a Bass cabinet that made me decide to buy a Bass guitar, something that is good for kick and Bass/Synth but thats a completely different topic and challenge !!
Do you actually need the notes below E? Or are you thinking about re-stringing it E-C?
IMO if you don't need the lower notes you will get a much better 4-string bass for the price you are paying for the 5-string.
Alternatively if you want a more guitar-like experience have you considered a Bass VI? A short-scale 6-string bass, tuned an octave down from a guitar and with string spacing closer to that of a guitar.