I’ve been threatening to buy a fretless for awhile now and have narrowed my choice down to an Ibanez SRF Portamento. I’ve been waiting for my birthday (just about a week away) as the perfect excuse to treat myself and was about to place an order but now I’m in a quandary. The store I was about to order from had the four string on offer but now they have the five string even cheaper. It’s only about £20 cheaper which is neither here nor there but it is unusual for a five string to be cheaper than a four string.
Now, I currently own four basses and all are four string. I’ve never really had any interest in owning a five string but i’m wondering whether this might be a great opportunity to add some diversity to my arsenal. One day I might even want to play a five string but on the other hand I tell myself I’m a bit of a four string purist and that redundant bottom string will just annoy me.
So, what would you go for? As always I’ll probably get 50% of opinions for 5 string and 50% for 4 string resulting in absolutely no clarity so I’m more interested in the reasons behind your recommendation.