We all know that when you move a pickup to different positions on your bass body that you will get different timbres. Assuming you used the same exact pickup, when that pickup is closer to the bridge the tone is quieter, brighter and has more attack. When that pickup is closer to the neck the sound warms up and gets louder. This has a pretty theoretical way of explaining it : Response Effects of Guitar Pickup Position and Width Assuming we control for output : If you were selecting a neck pickup, would you select a pickup to try and enhance the warm character, or would you try to brighten it up? If you were selecting a bridge pickup, would you try to tame the highs, or roll with it and brighten it up? Mids are also a factor, so where would you try to get those from? Neck, middle-ish, or bridge positions? I understand there isn't one answer, I'm just curious if anyone has a compelling argument either way. I've been thinking about a custom build and I am not sure which way I'd go.