I have been searching around the forum looking at what kind of bass a beginner should buy. I am brand new to the bass guitar. I have wanted to get into the bass for a long time but my dad had made me try the guitar first (which I was not happy about, and go figure, I didnt play it. It was a Squier by the way). Now that I am in college and spending my own money I can finally get a bass I see people on the forum suggest a bunch of different brands. I want to get a setup for <$200 (guitar + amp). Many people suggest Essex, but I am not sure which one to get. I am also looking at getting a used Yamaha RBX-250 (if I can get it for a good price). Which should I go for? Also, what style of bass do I want to play modern rock? I prefer a black guitar but I can live with something else if I must If you can give me specific model numbers if you suggest Essex, that would be great.