I’ve been trying to start a band with an old colleague - he plays drums, guitar and bass (all quite competently) and initially wanted to play drums and I would play guitar. But we could not find a bass player (sound familiar?)... He thinks he’s found a drummer so since he is a better guitar player I’ve offered to play bass. I played bass for awhile in a bluegrass/country group in college and it was a lot of fun (and a good bit of work) but it’s been a long time. I’ve been reading various threads some of which touch on this - but any suggestions on equipment/technique to get started? Initially my friend is loaning me his Hamer 4 string, bass POD and a combo amp to start practicing but at some point I’ll need my own gear if we keep it going. Given what I’ve dropped in guitar gear I’ll likely want to start sub $500 for each. Also - just for the record - I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t an element of “play guitar in your den or play bass in a band” motivating me - but I am determined to not be a guitar player wearing bass. I don’t intend to give up playing guitar as after 35+ years I enjoy it too much. But I very much appreciate what my favorite bass players do, what they bring to the table and add to the song and the band, and am excited about taking on a new musical challenge. I’ve always had a strong sense of rhythm and am an OK rudimentary drummer - I certainly aspire to achieve groove and swing with any instrument I play. My favorite bass player is Graham Maby (mostly known for playing in Joe Jackson’s band, also with Marshall Crenshaw and a bunch of others) who has the perfect blend of melodic sense and rhythmic sense. He always serves the song. I am going to strive to do the same. Thanks in advance!