if you haven't researched the topic of what bass you wish to buy enough to even ask an intelligent question, then perhaps buying a bass is not for you. furthermore, this site is gifted with a very powerful search engine - use it. you will find that probably almost every question you can realistically wish answered about practically every bass commercially available has been asked and/or discussed here already - do a search before you ask "what kind of bass does mark hoppus play" as a moderator, i have to weed through so many of these kinds of threads, from now on, any "what bass should i buy" that doesn't ask for specific information about a specific bass or basses will be deleted. research before you ask - we don't know what bass you should buy. we don't know what color you should get. we don't know what amp you should get, or what strap. ask intelligent questions, and you will recieve intelligent answers. but please don't ask stupid questions, i've got enough work to do. EDIT(JT): just to clarify, here's an excellent example of the proper way to post a "i need advice on my first bass" thread... http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=30341 note the intelligent questions asked. EDIT#2(JT): i've changed some of the verbiage, so as not to appear too mean to the newbies. sorry.