Originally Posted by Eric71
Without knowing the full story, i'll go ahead and recommend a p bass and an Acoustic B20 amp. I think a p bass is a safe general option for a new player. Classic vibe basses are supposed to quite excellent.
This strikes me as being the best approach from a bang-for-the-buck aspect. Good enough to not get in the way of playing and sounding good, but still quite cheap. I'll also say that the SX P-copies from Rondo punch above their weight.