well my friend is getting into bass and he doesnt know what to buy. i dont know neither because im familiar with guitar... he has a really low budget around $150 and he needs a simple bass that will last and get the job done.
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man your wrong here!!!

go to the bass guitar forum!!!!
my gear:

guitar: Schecter c1 classic
amp: Engl fireball
box: Engl v30 4x12
effects: g-major
in future: ESP eclipse, PRS Custom 24...
have him pick up a Squier P-bass or jazz bass. I was playing around with a bunch of them and fenders, and they held up well.
Jumping Jax Champion 1965!