I've never been complimented on my playing or my skill.
I'm complimented fairly regularly on my tone.
Those who fear your chops aren't quite up to par... Get some sweet sounding gear and you'll not have to worry again!!!
A Nietzschean bass prophecy, brought to you by zachoff, for those of us that are not bass ubermenschen... Tone is the bass religion. Hopefully you get the double meaning there. If you don't, read up on some Nietzsche.