Hello everyone, Im late coming to the party but I finally decided to pick up a musical hobby for the first time in my adult life. And the bass guitar is the one. I have NO musical experience whatsoever so I hope that doesnt hinder me in the learning process. But I am a music lover and have always loved the sound of bass notes and rhythms. Ive done some research and decided on the following items to buy but am still unsure about my choices. Hoping you experts can offer some advice and guidance. Im a very short female (4 11) with small hands (and short arms) so it looks like a short scale bass is the best way to go. 1. Bass guitar: I cant decide between the Squier Vintage Modified Mustang or the Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar SS. Is one recommended over the other, or is it a case of win-win with either one? 2. Amp: Also cant decide between Ampeg BA 108 or Fender Rumble 15. Thoughts? Or again, either one is good for beginner? Also, dumb question: can I plug the amp into electrical wall outlet or do I need a special dedicated power source for it? 3. In some of the reviews Ive read, a lot of people say they swapped the stock bass strings on their new bass for their favourite strings. As a beginner, should I just leave them on and only change them down the road when I can actually play the bass? This is strictly a hobby and the bass that I choose would probably be the only one I buy, I think. Ive already order a book on learning to play the bass for beginners. Sorry for the many questions. Thank you.