So first off, I'm new to the bass side of things...please don't crucify me for asking questions if it's a common knowledge thing. I'm in a band where it used to be two guitar players, a bass player, and a drummer, with both guitarists singing. Our bass player just moved 3 states away, and we're kinda bummed about it because we're probably not gonna have the same chemistry with someone we just bring in to play with us. To remedy this, I'm considering switching to playing bass. I'm not extremely talented on bass by any means, but I've played some to know how it works. I'm primarily a guitar player and I have all guitar gear. Here's my first (and main) question: could I use my 68 CDR as a bass amp? The "custom" channel is a Bassman tone stack, and I'm not exactly sure if that's gonna provide enough "oomph" when we play live. Second question: what is a good alternative if I can't use my CDR? I'll have to buy a good bass too, and my budget (for bass AND amp) would be around $500, give or take a little. Thanks in advance for the info.