Since I've been infected with the 7-string virus, it seems I need a 5-string bass to record with now. While I could have my 4-string set up to downtune, I'd rather just get a 5-string. But, I don't really "play bass" so much as I just write lines with it and record them for my songs. While I'd love to have a Rickenbacker ( #CliffEmAll! ) or Fender P-bass, that's overkill for someone who only picks it up when recording, and I need to go the cheap route so I can have cash for more important things.
I came across a gorgeous Dean Edge 5-string on a local garage sale site, loaded with EMG HZ pups (don't know much about them) that seems like a solid deal.
I've also been looking at Ibanez SRx05s (x=2,3,4), but figured I'd get some input before I move in any particular direction. And, selling my GSR200 first has to play into this...
So, what do you recommend for a nice playing, budget friendly metal 5-string bass?