Hallo! Here goes, I'm new... I used to play guitar several years ago but was never really great. I quit and haven't played an intstrument for several years now. I'm 23, and a big fan of Opeth and Meshuggah... My Dying Bride, Tool, Cake, Moonspell, Candiria, Paradise Lost, Katatonia, and dozens more. Despite my (mostly) listed metal interests, please don't stereotype me as "just another metalhead" -- I listen to all kinds of music, just metal tends to be the stuff that "fits" Basically I'm trying to find a good bass for under a budget of like 300 (or up to 400 but not desired) -- in case I don't stick with it, I'd rather not lose money if I decide not to play 6-12 months from now. I want to just jam out with some friends, maybe if I get good enough one day form a band with them, or join another. I've looked at Yamaha's, SXs, Ibanez, Jackson, BC Rich, etc -- and I'm rather confused.. I don't know anything about then really... and have only played my friends bass a few times many years back. I plan on going to a local store (there's not much to choose from here though) and trying to get ideas.. but I'll probably end up ordering one online, in order to get the best price, and to get what I want as far as color/looks/reputation/reviews go. If you guys could give me any suggestions I'd really appreciate it, thanks If I'm rambling or make little sense, it's cause it's 5am here and I've been up all night trying to find info on guitars. That and my browser just totally ate the last post I made cause I forgot to log in. That was awesome.