I'm new to the bass scene. However, I'm just trying out lots of instruments to see what I like the most; I've played drums, guitar, trumpet, and french horn. I really, really liked drums, but I wanted to try bass too as there aren't many bass players in my area (nor that many drummers), so I sold the drums and I now have $250 to get started with. It would be nice if my amp was loud enough to jam out with my friends. I've heard good things about the essex guitars, but I don't know what model or anything to get. I have no idea for an amp except it would be nice if my amp was loud enough to jam out with my friends that are in almost the same situation. I'll be playing heavy punk rock or metal or something to that extent, just fyi. Feel free to direct me to other forums that have addressed this, or to links to sites, whatever. I know it's annoying replying to another newb thread every 30 minutes. All help is appriciated.