I listen to him, and I can't figure out what the crap he is doing. I'm sure it is probably some combination of thousands of hours of practicing, mind-bending inventiveness, and a ridiculously expensive and a precisely set-up bass that allows him to do what. My question is, for his unique, particle-accelerator fast popping, which somehow is incredibly clear and usually unmuddled, there must be things about his bass -- the woods, the shape, the pickups, the strings, string height, the frets, surely something unmentioned in that non-exhaustive list -- that help him out. Otherwise, he probably wouldn't spend trillions of dollars on a Fedora. Disclaimer, I know he is incredibly gifted, intuitive, and dedicated. And that there are differences in a multi-thousand dollar rig and my $800 rig that also contribute. I guess this is a microcosm of a general question about basses -- what particulars make his Fedora better suited, and just better in general, for his sound than my Warwick thumb or my glorious (read: $100) Yamaha RBX 260?