So I’m at the what to buy stage and, damn, there are plenty of choices.
Bass-wise, my head tells me to go for a Fender Squire Classic Vibe 60’s Jazz Bass in Daphne Blue and that’s probably what I’ll go for although plenty of other basses have caught my eye, including this Gretsch G2220 Junior Jet II.
What I have struggled with is amp choice. Nothing out there at a reasonable price particularly excites me so I’ve started looking outside of the box (cabinet?).
It occurs to me that, during the B2B phase, I’m going to be tethered to my laptop so I’ve come up with two ideas. The first is to use a USB audio interface such as a Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen which would allow me to use headphones, or my PC speakers when practicing (both are quite good). The second is to use a preamp/DI with both a headphone jack and a line in such as this Palmer Pocket Amp Bass or this Ampeg SCR-DI. Both has their pros and cons; the audio interface would allow me to use my PC speakers and also record into a DAW whereas the preamps would allow for various tone shaping options.
Am I making life too complicated for myself by over-analysing the problem (a life-long habit that has never served me well) or does going ampless make sense until I can afford an amp that actually excites me?