Hey everyone, I'm a complete beginner, i have no idea how to play the bass but would like too. The thing is i have to purchase a bass first and i don't know if i should get like say a MIM Fender std. jazz bass or a Korean made 'Feeling' bass. i.e. should i start with a good reputable bass or an OK one? A friend of mine suggested a Washburn shortscale but i am not sure. What exactly is a shortscale? and are Washburn basses any good? From what i gathered in the forums they have quite a bad rep..Why is that? Oh and what do you think of Ibanez and Yamahas for beginners? And seeing as I like the music of artists such as the Pixies and Lenny Kravitz do u think i should go for a bass with a brighter or warmer sound? That's all for now Thanks!