1 giffenf 9 months ago I've...become a bass player. There, I said it.It all started when I began subbing on rhythm guitar in an established Country band. That went along fine, but then they got a permanent rhythm player (they offered me the gig but I can't be in two active bands, keep the day job, and stay married, so I agreed to sub until they found a permanent guy). So, fine, I thought, I had a good run with them. Then their bass player quit. The booking agent/manager texted me and said "You need to learn bass." So I recorded myself playing along with some of the songs on the set list (thumping out a bunch of I's and V's) and sent them the recordings, and they texted back "Can you play with us at the Cowboy Palace next Monday night?" This was a couple of weeks ago. I cobbled together a bass amp out of a Quilter Tone Block head, a Celestion 12" bass speaker and a 2-way 15" PA cab, and tuned up the Memphis P-bass copy I bought decades ago, and got through the night. It was so much fun, I concluded I needed a real bass, and my favorite real bass has always been the Reverend Dub King, so I found one of those in Alpine Green, nicknamed it "the Reverend Al Green," and played a second gig with it through the same rig. The band said "Your playing is good, but your tone is awful," so for the 3rd gig this past Saturday they borrowed a Genz Benz 500-watt head and 2 Epifani 12" cabs for me to use, and they were right. A real bass amp makes that bass sound great. So now I'm on the hunt for a bass amp of my own. Many options out there, and I haven't decided what I want yet (that I can afford).We've got a 3-day tour coming up this weekend and I've arranged to borrow the Lizards' bass player's Fender Rumble 500 2x10 combo and a 15" Fender extension cab for that, but after that, I'll be all out of favors to call in so I'll have to find something for myself.As they say, pictures or it didn't happen:Now before anyone reminds me, I'll admit that I'm aware that I'm not a real bass player, because I don't know how to play stand-up bass. Yet. But as soon as I can make room in my house and my budget, I may get one of those, too, and find a teacher. I also need to practice singing and playing bass at the same time. That's a lot harder than I thought it would be.