I am new to playing Bass. It started with my love for listening to basses, then into my friend leaving his cheap 4 string yamaha bass at my house for over a month. I played it quite a lot during that time. Since christmas is coming up, and my gf just happens to be working at a music place, she gets 40 percent discount on any bass they can order, which is anyone that is made basically. I obviously have price restrictions, but I can get a bass for at the max of about 260 with discount, but then I still have to get an amp. Should I skimp on guitar and get a 4 string with passive thats cheaper, or 4 w/ active. Or even a 5 with active. What would be a nice bass for me to really start out with. Thanks a lot for your time!