Hello all, I do believe this is my first post on TB despite having been reading for some time. I'm relatively new to bass (only been playing since December) and this site has been a great learning resource for me. I have this thing where I like to be exceptionally knowledgable about everything I do, in terms of history and development and those that have come before me. So my quesiton is, who are the essential bassists I should check out, the essential songs/albums, and even a basic run down on the best basses. Basically anything you think I should know about the bass and the great bass players to give me a solid plat form to learn from. I look forward to spending far too much time on this site.