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Posted by Fred B. Stewart ( on February 27, 2004 at 15:49:10:

All bassists are atracted to a sound which satisfies artistic and professional needs. Having been around to pro bass sites, many will admit to owning many basses over the years, keeping the best sounding ones, and then upgrade the electronics if needed. One aspect is in tune with what a recording engineer wants to hear, and the other is signature to the the trademark tone they wish to develop as signature to they're style.
In contrast with the former statements, the neck and body combination are foremost in tonal contribution as this can be repeatedly researched by visiting pro bass and tech web sites across the internet. If the sound is not there, a pickup or electronics will not fix it. Basses that record well are the main success reason for bolt-on neck basses, but again...they are not all created equal even among the same brand, and the main reason is the structural components and how they interact and develop the vibrating strings energy. Both bass makers and players support this outline. Perhaps the the most positive route is to get the tone of choice seated in the ear, and compare possible candidates to that. And it can't hurt to bring another trusting ear for a second opinion listening closely from several distances. Good Luck.

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