This week I have been playing bass 21 years. I have owned ~ 25 bass instruments, now have 7 giggable. I have noticed a few solid opinions I have formed, all other things being equal. Anyone else getting set in their ways? Nothing is ever 100%, but like I said, I look at my gear and see some trends. Ebony fretboard > maple >>>> rosewood. One pickup > multiple pickups. Oil or nitro finish > poly finish. Groove >>>> flash. Fender < non-Fender. P-bass > jazz bass. American made > Imported. Tube > non-tube. Tweeter < no tweeter. Passive ~ active, depending on mood. Analog > digital. Fretless > frets, on acoustic instruments.