Hi guys. Today, on a whim, I decided to take up bass guitar. I've been playing guitar for years now, and I'd like to expand my horizons. I record music onto my computer with guitars and drums, and a bass would complete my songs. So anyway, I went on ebay looking to buy, but I realized I don't know anything about basses. I don't know the good brands and how many strings I want and what not. I was hoping you guys could tell me what the good brands are. Maybe the Gibson equivalent in the bass world (think SG). I'm not looking for a beginners guitar because I have lots of experience with regular guitars, so that should give me a good head start. Something under 1000 bucks, so I can get get a used one on ebay in the 400-600 dollar range. So if you guys could give me some brand names, or even specific guitars, it would help out a lot. And if you're feeling especially helpful, I could also use some info on bass amps and effects. Thanks a lot. By the way, if your'e wondering what kind of music I'll be using this bass for, it's punk rock (NOFX anyone?). So... Yeah, sorry for the ignorance.