Now I am prepared to get flamed for this thread, but I've been searching through lots of threads about tone and whatnot and I really feel that people are milking the "tone is in the fingers" statement for all it's worth and then way more. Now I know it is true that a beginner on the bass can have crappy tone compared to an expert, but I think once a bassist has developed a decent plucking technique it's the actual playing that relys on the player rather than the tone of the bass and people associate the actual tone with the playing when trying to prove this point in finger technique. It is true that plucking in different areas yields a different sound, but people seem to think that Geddy Lee is the only one with his tone cause he's the only one with Geddy Lee fingers. This is a witty statement but let's just think realistically. I think if he took of his bass and put it on some other bass player with a fairly developed technique and left the same settings and eq and whatnot and had him play on his bass the tone would seem the same. If you think about it, the way a note is generated is that the surface of skin on the finger creates a disturbance in the string's resting position. Given that some people have bigger fingertips and/or harder calluses, the physical makeup of human skin does not vary an extreme amount between different people's fingertips. Tone is influenced by technique, but technique is much more universal than many make it out to be.