This question pertains to only guitar, bass, and double bass; not any other instruments you may play. Answering this poll with 'bass' also assumes that you play bass primarily. I'm curious as to how many bassists out there started on bass, not guitar. So many times have I heard that the bassist in the band is just the crappy guitarist, and I can tell that may be true for many amateur bands today, but most likely not for the people on this forum (since you're definitely passionate about the bass for being on this forum). 'Brief rant warning' It enrages me when I see "bassists" playing on stage that are obviously not bassists. Playing the exact same thing as the rhythm guitar may add low end, but it takes away from half the importance of the instrument. What ever happened to the bassists with groove from Motown, soul, and jazz? I mean no offence to those of you who may follow the guitars, as some genres(in their tradtional form) do not allow much room for the bass to have it's own part. For example, old school heavy metal (like Slayer) may not allow much room for the bass to do it's own thing except during drum fills, but prog metal (like Opeth) gives the bass an entirely separate and definitive line. ----------------- Anyways, my answer to this poll is 'both'. I bought a first act guitar and first act bass on the same day at a flea market and learned both simotaneously. I ended up focusing on the bass instead of guitar because low brass is my background and I am accustomed to the rich, mellow tambre of low instruments. I also prefer the more intimate feel of touching strings with both hands rather than using a pick like on the guitar. After deciding to focus on bass, I did all the work I could to practice becoming a bassist rather than just a guitarist with fewer strings.