Or not really, but I never had the slightest idea that I should become interested in playing the bass.
I am a keyboardplayer/composer/recordist, and works with management and marketing for a living (my own business in the software industry). Most well paid tune so far was an 8 sec theme for YSL (smelly stuff), http://www.ysl-m7.com/
It all started as an idea to get a cheap ibanez or squire or something to use for my sketches of the music I compose, but my business partner thought that "Naah let's buy you a good but not expensive bass instead", and we went out shopping for a Peavey Grindbass, per his recommendation (as he plays both git and bass).
All stores in the music-retail hoods where out of stock with it for some reason, and when we went in to the last store, a second hand shop, we stumbled right over a 5-string fretless that looked pretty much like a grindbass, and for only 350 eur.
First I got scared, hmm, fretless, I dont even know how to play the bass, though I am pretty ok on guitar, so after fooling around with it for some minutes in the store, we made a deal, that if I could'nt grasp the concept of fretless, he'd order me a brand new grindbass, and take this one.
Oh my if he regrets now that he did not purchase it for him self right away.. I have found out after lots of research and finally contacting Peavey that it's a C5/Zephyr, only sold during a limited time in Europe only, and we are not sure if the de-fret is factory or luthiere, but it sure feels great!
And me, I am happy starting from that direction, as I could not play the bass at all from the start, it was really no big deal, starting with frets, or without, was just a matter of discipline, and I love it, I have a hard time imagining ever getting a fretted bass now.
After a few weeks, when I finally got my practice books, it all started to develop to a nice offline hobby, which is fantastic since I spend way too much time staring in that macbook screen. So now I spend at least 1h per day practicing or just playing, and at least one day a week about 2-3 hours focused on practice and playing as well.
So here I am, newborn since just a couple of months, and after I got my training amp, the circus started, pedals are fun, and I am quite interested in not only my bass practice, but also about getting a sound I like, so thats how I ended up here, searching for some nice ideas and tips for great not too expensive pedals.