Hey persons. I've been playing bass for ages now and I've only just managed to achieve 'the tone.' You know the one, you got it in your head right now and it's unique to you. Only took me an expensive Jazz clone, some Ampeg, and a big, fat plectrum.
I've realised something kind of odd that I wasn't aware of until achieving said sound: I really, really dig the mids-driven pickstyle bass playing in stuff like Converge et al. Most of those guys are guitarists who switched over to bass, and I learnt how to use a pick by checking out how they rolled. Something about its attack, man. The attack
of a pick on a bass EQ'd up the right way is just so...
I can't say I've ever had a series of developmental epiphanies like this come from listening to any dedicated bassists. In fact I find a great deal of BASS bass-playing pretty unappealing. Totally weird? Guitarists have inadvertently taught me more about bass than bassists ever have in a practical and sonic context.
Possibly not a popular sentiment around here, I know. But I was curious as to whether anyone else's bassing has been profoundly (even subconsciously) influenced by another instrument (or something. Anything) in this way?