Hey Folks....hope you're well. Just joined today...I'm hoping I can learn and be inspired by you all. I'm an absolute beginner and I don't even have a bass guitar yet...but I would like to buy one and have no idea where to start. I've read reviews on different makes...yamaha, ibanez, dean, fender, rickenbacker, etc and I've also read when choosing a bass, choose one with a narrow neck because its easy to learn on. Do I go with 4 or 5 strings? What about the type of pickups...active or passive(what does that mean?) Type of strings to buy...etc....I'm will to spend up to 500.00 for a bass I can use for at least 3 years...any suggestions? Oh yeah...and is there a website that explains the anatomy of a bass guitar? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! mrdey.