I'm currently looking for a bass guitar for DI home recording. I'm not really a bass player, but I really like the sound of basses with a present tone, close to the actual sound of the strings (although not lacking in bass).
Tried out a few basses today at my local shop: Two Warwicks, a Squire Jazz Bass, an American Jazz Bass, and a Jazz Bass V with an ash body. The Warwicks and the Squire didn't do it for me acoustically, so I only tried the Jazz Basses with amplification. I liked both very well, but the presence and definition of the V (maple board and ash body) slightly topped the more rounded tone of the "ordinary" Jazz. Both felt very comfortable and well built. The V also has a ton of extra options (bunch of knobs, and active circuity which can be engaged or disengaged).
Now, for recording purposes, which one would you recommend? The V has much more options, but would I be crazy to have a 5-string for my first bass? Would active circuitry be a plus for DI? It's about 50% costlier than the "ordinary" Jazz. I've heard good things about MM Stingrays as well, but I'd probably have to order and hope for the best if I want that one.
I'd like to hear your opinions. Also, I'm open for other suggestions.