So the Praise Band Leader of my church is taking me to get my first bass sometime next week and I was looking for some advice on how to choose what to get. The nice thing is, the church is buying the bass (technically it will be theirs, but it is for me). While he is going to help me pick one out, he isn't a bass player either (he's a guitar player) and I figured it would be better to ask some people who know their stuff. The idea is for me too learn how to play at least some simple basslines to play in the praise band fairly soon. I have no illusions on becoming really good fast or anything like that, but as I already play guitar we are hoping I will get good enough to play some simple stuff fairly quick and then get better from there. The type of music they play is pretty simple contemporary praise and worship stuff. My own personal tastes are pretty varied and I don't plan on limiting my playing style to just what we will be playing in the praise band. I don't know what kind of budget we will be on yet, but I know I won't be getting any top of the line equipment. Any advice you guys can give is highly appreciated.