Sup! I'm John (a.k.a. Rock Force) and I joined this site so I could use it as a reference later on in my musical career. This looks like a pretty helpful site. I'm 13 and I play trombone (don't laugh). However, going into High School later this year, I'm going to have to sacrifice the trombone (which I'm very good at, btw) so I can keep playing sports. Music, school, and athleteics are all strong points in my life. however, I excel more at music than anything else. I've got a good sense of rhythmn (not sure how to spell that) and I'm a pretty quick learner. Knowing that I wanted to keep the musical point in my life going, I attempted playing guitar. I went out, bought a cheap one, got a lesson book, and played. Not too sucessful. I learned that I had quick fingers, but I suck at playing chords. So, I gave up at the guitar and am looking into an instrument that I think I'll be really good at: the bass. I went over to my friend's house, played his bass, and loved it. I''ve been saving up my money for a while, and I've come up with about 700 bucks. My birthday is later next month, so I thought that my parents might be able to help me out with what I can't cover. What I want is a little advice on what I need to do to get started off well, and thats why I came here. I just want some good tips. But first, here's what I'm planning on buying: A Fender Mustang Bass (Quick question: are 19 frets enough for most songs?) A 100w Fender Rumble Amp (I'm not planning on doing any gigs any time soon, but I wantr something that will produce a big sound.) I have a tuner I need a good strap and straplocks (Any suggestions) That's alll I think I need. (Correct me if I'm wrong.) I guess that's it! Thanks!