Hi, I'm Seth. I'm 17 years old and I have a huge love for music, and always wanted to put that love into an instrument. I have always loved bass, I've played a few of my friends and I loved playing It. Unfortunately I have never been able to afford one for myself. I'll be getting enough money soon enough though to get one thankfully. I know I'll be learning a little late since a lot of people learn at a young age. I am still very willing to give part of my life to bass though. Some of my favorite bassists are Mel Schacher, Eric Judy, Chris Wolstenholm, Carlos D, and Justin Smith of Psychoactive (Not sure any of you would know who he is.. Psychoactive is pretty underground). I need help picking out a good first bass. So I thought I'd ask some experienced players. I want it to be cheap for a first bass ($150-$250). I don't know whether to pick a 4 string or 5 string. I don't want to learn with a pick (I know a few people who play with a pick.. I think its kinda wierd). I also would like to know what would be a good amp to buy. I am really excited to learn finally. I plan on getting lessons and buying a few books which I would also like suggestions for. I have always wanted to just put my love for music into an instrument and I finally get to. All of this is much will be much appreciated and thank you in advance haha.