Just on the verge of becoming "officially" a working bassist (not tending bar or writing code.. actually playing the bass and getting paid for it). Long story short, I have become worried that the market for a bass-player who's playing and gear style are definitively in the realm of "Fender" "Round-tone" "Basic Groove" is maybe nonexistent? This comes to mind as I see bassists in good groups and working bands with good contracts and gigs and notice that their axe's more resemble butcher-block cutting boards and sound like a mallard with a head-cold flying south for the winter. It seems the strings are ever thinner and more numerous every time I look. Is there room for a blues/R&B/honky-tonk Fender "Round-Toned" player like me? 4 heavy gauge strings only? Or... do I need to go to Williams Sonoma and shop for some end-grain kitchen furniture and break out my uncle's old duck call?