Hello everyone. So i've always wanted to learn bass, mostly because i like the deep tone and because everyone and their sister plays guitar (at least people that i know). However, I've just never gotten around to getting one. Well, now I have some a couple of friends who want to play together, mostly as just a hobby to have something to do, we dont have dreams of becoming rock stars or anything. Two play guitar, one drums, so it looks like im finally getting a bass. I plan on taking lessons because im a bit of a perfectionist and want to be sure the play correctly and actually become a well player. Now I'm trying to decide what bass to get. Like most things im interested in, i found a forum and startedd reading archived threads. At first i thought this would be a reasonable easy decision, but after reading a great deal, a found there is much more too this than i originally thought. Four, five, six, seven, etc, strings.. different pickups, different amps, wood material, different basses for different styles, etc etc.. I'm really starting to get bogged down =(. So I'm just gonna throw this out in the open and hopefully someone can help me out. As far as quality goes.. I don't want something cheap as hell, but then again i just can't see myself spending a grand or more on a bass. So probably in the 500-700 dollar range. And that would be the price for something new, not used. The kind of music we will be playing will be almost exclusivly "nu metal". Music terms like these get thrown around a lot, probably by me as well, so ill just name some bands to clarify: Disturbed, Godsmack, TOOL, A perfect circle, incubus, korn, staind, system of a down, 311, im sure you get the idea. My friends who play guitar say i should go ahead and get a 5 string, and that if i get a 4 i'll regret it later. They also are both a fan of Ibanez. All this being said, the bass i've come down to is the Ibanez SRX505. Its moderatly priced around 500-550, i love the way it looks, its description includes it has simple controls and meant for a hard rock bassist, which seem to fit me good, seeing as I wont really know much about the tone controls of other, high-end basses anyway. I messed around with an SRX300, i figured the body to be mostly the same, and i liked it. I got my friend to play it, and i liked the sound too. After having typed all this, i feel almost certain it's the bass for me, but i want to go ahead and post, and get any imput at all. Is it true i should go ahead and get a 5 string, is this a decent bass for a hobbyistic (is that even a word, LOL) player? Answers to these few questions and anything else would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.