My name is TTony, and I played bass yesterday.
And I quite enjoyed it.
There, got that bit out of the way.
In the lead up to the forum jam session yesterday, I volunteered to cover bass on a couple of the songs just so that we had all the parts covered. I "learned" the bass part on the bottom 4 strings of a guitar, and transitioning to an actual bass (thanks @bridgehouse
!) didn't seem too hard.
I did briefly consider buying something pre-jam, but decided that was probably a little OTT just to be able to practice for a couple of songs for the one day. But, bass playing was fun. Plus I do keep promising myself that (when I get time) I'll do some proper recording with guitar (tick), keys (tick), drum machine (tick) and bass (no tick yet). Plus if I had one I could do some more playing at the next forum jam session.
So ... If I were now to go and buy an actual bass, where would I start?
I saw the PRS SE bass that @Jonathanthomas83 acquired a few weeks ago, and I'm guessing that one of those would be a safe place to start, but I'd prefer to wait until they became a little more available s/h rather than paying the full £600ish new price.
I like the idea of a 5-string, but that might just be my sub-conscious justifying that if it's only got one less string than a proper guitar, that it couldn't be too bad.
I like the more adventurous designs (eg the stuff that @Andyjr1515 designs and builds normally grabs my attention!) too.
Thoughts and opinions on brands / models / things to consider to inform my choice / etc ... ???