Wow, I wrote that in one breath....lol. Just thought I would share a recent epiphany-moment of clarity type of thing. Around 20yrs ago I switched to the 5-String bass and sold a really sweet 1978 Fender Jazz bass, which would be worth a decent amount of cash today. My immature thinking was I need something to make me play better....maybe that added B string will do it......a couple of years ago I switched the B to a high C....to "make me play better" be more creative etc.....
Then I joined a Grateful Dead Tribute(which I love by the way)about a year ago and had to have a Modulus Q6 to sound like Phil, which I recently purchased. I then got a Fender Marcus Miller 4-string as a back up bass and for some Classic Rock R&B projects. This is what I learned through all this. I love the 4-string and it is comfortable for me, I am able to express myself in the music language more fluidly and within my capabilities. Thats the deal man...music is a language. Improvisational genres such as jazz and Grateful Dead are languages that I need to speak as if I am having a conversation with one of you. Its not about the external things...Modulus Q6...Eden etc...its about learning the language internally to the point of being able to express freely myself in the live music context.
I am selling the Modulus Q6 and getting a Q4.Because I do dig the graphite neck and Modulus tone. Maybe in the future I will add strings but trying to master the 4-string is enough work for this bass player.
Time to get back to BASSics. Peace.
What a journey aye?