im a guitar player but i would like to learn to play bass as well. what is a good bass i can start out with? i dont want a "starter pack" or a piece of crap but nothing over the top because i mainly play guitar. i play rock/metal if that helps. i have no idea on how many strings i would need 4? 5? 6?
the FAQ has a selection of popular starter basses and starter amps.
Unless you can find a real reason for a 5-6 string bass, 4 will be fine. Guitar players do not benefit from having extra strings since the extra strings are usually below the low E, not above the G like they would be on a guitar.