Tried posting this in an older thread but it seemed to be overlooked, so... I'm interested in buying an electric bass. It will be my first instrument owned. I'm looking for something under or about $300. I want it to be playable with what it comes with, no need to change out the pickups because they're **** or anything like that. And I want it to look decent. My musical tastes favor metal and rock, so something good for those styles is desired. But I imagine basses as being pretty versatile. I don't have a play style decided on, I'll prolly work on figuring out picking and finger-playing styles. I was looking around at "Beginner Bass" recommendations and after editing lists with review information and looking at a little of the selection in my area, I'm thinking maybe an ESP B50, or an Ibanez GSR200. My only real issue is that I ****ed up my left hand ring finger as a kid, so I'll need to find a lefty bass, and they appear to be a good bit less common. Bass people, assemble!