Hello all you lovely bassists on here! I am 16 and have only just decided to take up the bass. My first bass arrived in the mail today (after a very lengthy 10-day stopover in customs) and am eager to get started. I was inspired to take up the bass by Paul McCartney. I recently became quite a Beatles/post-Beatles fan and I had a compulsion to sing some songs through putting a band together at school. However, it felt unnatural singing without some sort of guitar in my hands so I thought, naively, that bass would be easier than guitar. Since then, I have developed a real liking for the bass and its sound so it all worked out for the best. I do intend to get the Hofner Ignition in a few months time as that would just be the pinnacle of anything I could own bass-related. I wouldn't use it for everything but it'd be more an ownership for aesthetic purposes and onstage performances than anything. Is there anything you would reccommend to an absolute beginner or any advice from life experience? I have done a bit of experimenting with the basses in the music room at school so I know how the whole thing works but I have trouble shifting easily between frets and strings and making it sound clean. I do intend to start some original compositions with a little group of mine (none of whom are proficient in any instrument so we're all learning and experimenting together) and have worked on some rhythms and lyrics but have no understanding on how to get it down into any sort of practical form. Thought I would share some photos of me with my bass and wondered if anyone could identify the brand. On the headstock it reads 'Super guitars' but numerous googlings reveal nothing.