year 1 - i started really getting into music when i was around 14 and i watched my friend play guitar and my uncle play professionally. i picked up a guitar whenever there was one there learned the easiest stuff ever like smoke on the water and 7 nation army. year 2 - i was listening to really heavy stuff and loved really low sounds. like stuff tht would blow out speakers like mega fast. i liked guitar and drums but wanted to play bass for so long. i read tabs and music as much as possible but never had the money for a bass. id play bass parts on guitars and bass beats on drums. year 3 - on my 16th birthday i finally. FINALLY!! got a bass and havent stopped playing it since. i kept learning scales and music notation and chords (even though u dont really se them on bass) and learned fun stuff and hard stuff. and i love playing still.
u can use guitar pedals but if they are cheap ones then they start to sound ****ty after a while. 5 and 6 string basses give u a higher and lower string respectivly and pretty much anything over 80 watts should be good but the higher the better