There's something that's been on my mind for a while that I wanted to share but wasn't sure about how to post it. I think this is the way. When I first picked up a bass, I was a guitar player. The bass I picked up was left at my house for a week by my friend. I was very intrigued, and tried to play it. The strings were about an inch off of the neck, and this is what I thought a bass was all about. All the basses I played around that time (when I was 15) were like that. I recently met a woman who had a son who wanted to learn to play bass, and she showed me the bass he was getting frustrated with. It was a carvin semi hollow bodied. The kid thought the bass sucked. He was right, but only because it definitely needed a set up, which I gave it. The bass rocks now. My point: Had I known the basses I was playing simply needed a setup, I might have trashed my guitar years before I did and been playing bass a lot longer. There are things such as this that a kid picking up his first bass might not know. I thought it would be good to start a thread to help steer newbies away from things that may either turn them off to bass, or impede their progress bigtime. I hope that made sense. OK. I'll now rephrase my first contribution to the "things that all new players should know" thread. The bass strings shouldn't be incredibly hard on your fretting hand fingers. If there's like a half inch between the strings and the neck - you NEED a setup. You can learn to do it yourself, have a more experienced bassist do it for you, or take it to a music store and have it done for about $25. I'm sure there's lots of useful info ya'll can contribute here. I'm done for now.