Greetings, all I have a question, but first let me set up my situation. I'm a complete newbie to music making. This summer a good friend will be teaching me bass. I hope to buy my equipment from the local guitar shop Pittsburgh Guitars (www.pittsburghguitars.com). I'm looking for something in the range of $200 - $300. The guy at the shop described these: brand new Fender/Squier Precision $258 1987 Fender Precision made in Japan, very good condition, some lacquer chips on the front, and lots of belt buckle on the back, price includes hard case $295 1998 Epiphone EB-1 excellent condition, price includes hard case $295 My question for you knowledgeable folks is which (if any) of these you would recommend to a newbie. Thanks in advance.