Hi all, First post, but I've been perusing a lot of the forums here for a while now. Background: I played bass (a lot) 30 years ago but then life happened and I haven't touched one since. I started playing six-string guitar (again) about 7 years ago, just for fun. I recently got a bit of a bug to play bass again, but have been hesitant to spend any amount of money as I don't want to invest much until I know it's something I'm going to stick with. After going to GC and playing a few of their Jazz basses, I had seemingly forgotten how much of a stretch the full length basses were (compared to playing guitar). While perusing the Bay, I came across a short-scale Squire bass that they were pretty much giving away and decided to pull the trigger. I got the guitar today, took a little time to set it up and then I plugged it into my guitar amp (Carvin X212b). The Squire bass sounds surprisingly good on the A, D and G strings, but man, does the E string ever sound muddy (i.e. lack of crispness). In addition, when I thumb slap it, I get undesirable popping sounds that I don't get on the other strings. I've switched between the bridge and neck pups, as well as maxing/minimizing the tone knob with no change in muddiness (for the most part). I'm assuming the muddy E string/popping sounds is because I'm playing it through a guitar amp which likely isn't designed to process sounds this low. Basically, I'm just looking for some confirmation that I'll need to get a bass-specific amp in order to get a consistent sound from top to bottom. Thanks for any responses - this is a great site! **Just realized my question should probably have been posted in the amp section - my apologies!