Hi, I've been reading on your forum for sometime, and I decided to join today. I'm a total beginner, (with some string experience,) so I hope to learn from this site. This is my 3 day old bass, and I already have two blisteres to show for it. I don't even have an amp yet. I'm running the bass into the Guitar PODxt, then into my 2X12 Carvin all tube combo. It gets me by. Blasphemy, right?