Sup all. New bassist here. My name is Josh, but I go by Vanilla. Don't ask, and word to my mother. Anyhow, never played bass guitar before. Well, I've dorked around with one a bit... I did play standard electric guitar for about a year and a half, until I realised it just wasn't my bag and I would never be truly good at it. I've always loved having more of a support role in music anyway, even though I know some bassists can get down like no other. I'm more drawn to the beat...I love drums but my feet are stupid. And you can't help but love the sound of a good bass. I love most music, except for country music. Not to offend anyone. Mainly harder rock, metal, and anything with a good beat, which means I like rap as well After reading a lot of suggestions throughout the board, I decided my started bass would be the Essex BG-180 4-stringer. I ordered a Black one last night, from Rondo. I haven't decided on an amp quite yet, I probably won't get to use one that often since I live in an apartment...headphones it is for now. I still have my small amp from my guitar I could probably use temporarily. I'm planning on playing pickless, and I don't have a particular person I'm trying to emulate I've found a couple of nice sites online. When I learned guitar the first time around I was a tab junky, I really want to try and learn music theory this time around. Nothing better than understanding the inner workings of what you are doing. Anyway, hello to all. Might see me around a bit. Suggestions for a good, non-show amp are welcome. Cheap is good, I know I should be looking in the 50-65 power range.