ok, i want to learn to play bass. the question is "where to start?". so, a few questions: first of all, i'm wondering whether to get an acoustic or electric bass. when it comes to guitars, i've generally heard musicians say that a good acoustic guitarist can more easily transition to electric guitar than an electric guitarist to an acoustic guitar. is the same true for bass guitar? i like the idea of acoustic instruments and would prefer to learn on acoustic bass, but not if i'm going to be limited later on. i did a little searching for acoustic basses online and found upright basses, double basses, and acoustic-electric basses. are all basses that are hand held (like a guitar) acoustic-electric hybrids? if so, why? it looks to me that an upright bass is the same thing as a double bass. is this correct? if i learn on a big upright bass would i also be able to play an electric hand held bass? they look so big, are placed on the ground and are played from a completely different angle; it seems almost like a completely different instrument. on a slightly different topic, i was trying to learn to play a regular six string guitar for over a year and finally decided that because i have abnormally knobby knuckles and slender finger bones, i would never be able to play a barre chords (in which all six strings are barred). i assume that because bass guitars only have four strings, there is no need to barre. am i correct in this assumption? if so, is this only true for four string bass guitars? taking all of the above into consideration, could you guys recommend a few specific models that would fall into a $200 ish budget? i know i've asked a ridiculous number of silly questions, but like i say.. i'm just a beginner. if any of you would be kind enough to help me out with some info, i'd really appreciate it.