A lot of people think you need different basses for different genres. I've got my flame retardant suit on, so I'm going to disagree. Deep, clear, and punchy, you say? Fender Precision, or one of its knock-offs. You don't need one of the expensive American ones unless you want one. The lower-priced Fenders are good too. A 5-string might be nice for the heavier stuff.
A lot of TB'ers will also say you need to put flats on a Precision. For the heavier stuff, you'll want roundwounds, IMO. The higher frequencies will help you cut through the mix. For blues, flats are great, but if you choose a warm sounding round wound (nickel wrapped rather than stainless steel; I love DR Sunbeams) you'll have the best of both worlds.
As for an amp: do you plan on playing out and/or jamming with others, or do you just want to record? You'll need some kind of amp for practicing, but a cheap 15-watter will do for that. You'll need more like a minimum of 200w for jamming. Maybe more, since you like the heavy stuff. A combo with a 15" speaker would be a good entry-level amp.
A multi-effects pedal would be good for getting into effects. You may decide to go with single pedals later once you have a better idea of what you like.
Originally Posted by Plankton
The helmets can't handle this level of rock and roll!
If human beings can't be trusted to govern themselves, how can they be trusted to govern each other?
Last edited by Bassist4Eris : 01-09-2013 at 04:25 PM.