Hello, it's my first post over here! I've posted this thread in another forum, but while searching around the Internet for more input, I've found this great community. Hope you guys can help me out! Here's my story: "I play electric guitar for about 10 years, been involved with some bands, done a few small gigs but currently I'm spending most of the time playing at home, alone or with some friends (all guitar players) that keep showing up to strum some chords. The interest in learning bass is relatively new. I've played one before but never got the change to spend some time enjoying it... But hey, we only live once, so why not pull the trigger on a bass guitar and have some fun? My musical references are quite diversified - Pink floyd, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, The Who, The Beatles (...), but talking about bass, I really dig the funky slap style and all those good old disco riff's from the 70's, for example, "Narada Michael Walden - I Shoulda loved ya" is something that I would really like to play one day! So... I want to got to a store, choose a bass and an amplifier and start shooting, but despite knowing very well the electric guitar market, I know zero about bass guitars and amps. The budget is 500 (bass and amp). I'm searching for something that i can play at home alone and with some friends that play guitar. It does not have to be loud enough to cut trough a drummer, but i want it to be loud enough to keep up with an electric guitar (about the same volume as a guitar tube amp with 5 watts). No effects, modellers, just one nice tone! I can tell you that I play a Fender Stratocaster American Standard in a Marshall JTM, so I was thinking about trying a Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass, since I've experience with Squier Classic Vibe Telecasters and Stratocasters - they are very solid instruments! Amp-wise... I don't really have a clue!!" Sorry for the long post... Thank you for your support!