This is my first post so I will give a little background. I have toyed around with the guitar a bit over the years, but I just don't enjoy it. I have alway been a BIG fan of the bass, but I've never played one. I have a bunch of friends who play guitar and they are always looking for a bassist to jam with. I'm a fan of most music, primarily blues, classic rock, metal, jam bands. I primarily listen to the Grateful Dead, Garcia Band Allman Brothers, Zeppelin, Hendrix, SRV and a ton of others. After hearing a lot of great things about them, I have pretty much settled on ESP LTDs basses (I prefer the B line shape), but there are so many choices that I just don't know what to do. I have heard good things about the B-50, but I'm a bit concerned about the bridge pickup buzz. For the price I've read that it's a fantastic bass. However, would it be better to spend a little more and get a bass with humbuckers, like the B-104 or 154DX. For the bass I'm not looking to spend much more than $300. And while you are at it, could someone recommend a good combo amp to add to this. I'd like to go with 100W or more I think. I have done research on Ampeg, Ashdown, Hartke, G-K, and fender. There are so many that are alike I can't decide. I don't want to spend a fortune (around $400 or less if possible)Like I said I would probably be jamming with some friends (guitar, drums, maybe another guitar). We'll probably play in a large basement or other room or outside. No bars or any gigs for me yet Thanks for the help guys.