Ever since I saw some video's from master luthier Michael Tobias from MTD basses, I started to look different to pick ups. He said at several video's that wood makes the bass a bass, so he's seeying it as an acoustic instrument at all time. As he stated : ''The only thing that makes the sound different, is the way the wood makes the string vibrate. You can have the same strings, same pick ups, same preamp on 2 basses, but a piece of mahogany makes the strings vibrate different then a piece of ash does. So I'm using the same kind of pickups for most basses. It's just moving electrons, it's not like they have tones.'' Mostly on his hand build basses, he uses custom wired Bartolini soapbars. His cheaper import models, have some different configurations : MM / J, a single MM humbucker or a single P/style pick up. In his opion, pick ups just tranlate ''the language of the wood.'' This made me think of how far a pick up matters, when it comes to the translating. Of course each pick up sounds different then others, but how can you find out, what kind of pick up works for you?