#1
I've been wanting to play bass for a long time (ever since I first heard John Deacon's bass solo in the song, "Dragon Attack"), and I've finally gotten around to making the plunge. I've done a lot of research, and feel that I've picked out what I want, but before I make the purchase, I wanted to see what you guys/girls think.

I plan on really dedicating myself to the instrument, working both on my own, and with a buddy who's a guitar teacher (but is also very proficient with bass). My total budget for both the bass and the amp is around $700. I've heard about the importance and wisdom of investing in as good of an amp as possible, as opposed to the other way around. So, I based my choices around that. Here they are:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-GSR200-4String-Bass?sku=519524

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ashdown-Electric-Blue-15180-Bass-Combo-Amp?sku=485037

I thought about getting a cheaper amp, but I really do plan on going the long haul with this as it's been something I've wanted to do, so I thought getting what seems like a good amp and not needing to upgrade anytime too soon would make things a little simpler. Any opinions on either the bass or amp, or alternatives that you feel would be smarter choices would be really appreciated. Thanks in advance.
#2
The amp is very good.
Go to a guitar store near you and just pick up some basses and fool around. Just see what feels right.
#3
excellent, a person with some good sense. haha, your right, that its better to buy a better amp, although it is VERY tempting to dish it out on the bass.

The amp choice is good. as is the bass choice. that ibanez is supposed to be a very good one for the money.

so i'd say, go for it!
#4
Very good choice. The one I am using now is a GSR 100. Your amp choice is very good.
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ok im a noob at slapping. Is it my strings or do i just suck at slapping? I have a squier fender J bass(im a noob). Im thinking of getting Ibanez GSR200


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#5
It is good you are under budget because it gives you some money to spend on a strap, cables etc. Wouldn't matter if you had a Fodera bass and 3 ampeg stacks, you wouldn't hear anything without cables