i've owned a fair number basses over the last 25 years and played a lot more at stores, provided or rented gear, from friends, etc. when i first started playing bass in the '90s, i didn't really try and figure out exactly what i didn't like about a bass i tried - or even what i did like. i mean, if a neck was uncomfortable, i knew that, but i didn't figure out if it was profile, radius or something else. these days, thanks to AGF and TB and years more of playing, i generally can figure it out. instead of thinking a neck is uncomfortable, i find i prefer a flatter radius, and if a profile bothers me, i can figure it out. another example is that early on i had a bass that bothered me, but it took me more experience to figure out that the exact location of the pickup was exactly where my fingers would pluck, so i kept on hitting it - it was only after i had experience with other basses that i realized that hitting the pickup wasn't a normal thing for me. how about you? when you play a bass you really like - or really don't lke - do you know or figure out exactly why or do you just know it's one to pass on?