Hey y'all, I'm in the "thinking about it" stage on a new bass. One of the things that I'm pondering and is causing some interesting thoughts is the bass color. There are a number of different colors that I like and in trying to decide what I like best I've had some thoughts about color and "suitability" for various purposes. For example I play mostly for fun in a rock "fun band" (all non-professional musicians) that gigs out occasionally. I also occasionally play at church. In the future I'd like to play with others doing other styles when the opportunity arises. Do you let the color/appearance of a bass affect when you use it? Does it matter or bother you at all? For example. One color I like is essentially "surf green". Nice and retro. It would be "OK" for the rock band (if maybe a bit strange) but would it look out of place in a more "formal" setting? What about backing up a singer-songwriter in a coffee shop? I can see why black and sunburst are very popular - they can work in any situation. Other colors, particularly more extreme ones (or extreme paint jobs) stand out quite a bit more and might invite comment from bandleaders or customers. Bass appearance/design can do the same thing although that's not a problem for me as the basses I like have pretty traditional (boring) appearance. But do you want to be playing a BC Rich backing up that female singer songwriter? What if it's hot pink? Well, you get my drift. I know we should all just play what we like and sounds good and not worry about the appearance, but what do you think?