I started on the bass when I was in middle school and proceeded to not do any serious work on it for about eight years, so I sold it to help finance a saxophone (which had become my main instrument in high school). Now I'm working in a music store and I want to learn guitar and (re)learn bass, so I went to the store and picked up an Epiphone Sheraton II and a Sterling Ray34CA. Here's the thing: I love low voices in a melodic context (the cello is my favorite orchestral instrument and I play the baritone sax, which sits in about the same range as the cello). I was originally looking into a six string bass, but my teacher recommended that I start with four or maybe five while I'm learning the basics. Now I'm wondering if I should consider returning my Ray34 and getting a Schecter Hellcat VI or a Fender Bass VI instead. I'm very tempted to do so for a couple of reasons. First of all, it would give me the range of the bass while providing an extended upper range for solo performance. Secondly, I'm not incredibly interested in playing traditional bass lines: as I said earlier, I prefer low voices in a melodic context. In fact, one of my favorite bassists (Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath fame) started as a rhythm guitarist, and on their earlier albums you can hear him either mirroring the guitar or providing a countermelody underneath the guitar. Lastly, I think that the Bass VI is similar enough to guitar that I could just learn the guitar and not have to split my focus between multiple instruments, techniques, and styles. What do you guys think? I know that on a bass forum I'm probably going to get lots of comments saying to stick with the bass, but I hope that I'll get comments that are well explained or well-reasoned. I've also considered getting a baritone guitar, but I don't know if its worth it to have to learn to transpose between a standard E guitar and a B baritone guitar. I listen to everything from rap to metal to funk, but I plan on playing blues and jazz for the most part, if that makes a difference. Any advice is appreciated!