Hi all, I've played guitar for some time and would love to take up bass, too. Budget is rather limited, so I was wondering if you all could steer me in the right direction on gear. Of the basses I've tested so far, I'm leaning towards a Jazz bass, but I'm open to any suggestions. Here's some info that might be helpful: I'll be playing mainly with a pick at first while I learn fingerstyle. I mainly want to play varied rock styles at first (RHCP, Rush, Zep, The Police, The Cure, Weezer, Foo Fighters, AC/DC, early Metallica, etc.) and then probably branch out into reggae, funk, R&B as I get into it. Here are a few specific questions: What's a versatile bass that can handle the sorts of things I want to play? What I liked about the Jazz basses I tried was the tonal variety. If I had to choose between a MIM Fender Jazz or an SX clone, which to go for? I'm interested in quality and bang for the buck more than what it says on the headstock. (I'd also prefer a new instrument since I don't know enough to evaluate used basses.) I need a combo amp for home practice and playing along with CD's and hopefully jamming with friends at some point at reasonable volumes. What wattage amp do I need for that? 60? 100? Thanks!