Just curious to see what TBers consider essential factors in creating great tones on their bass. Is it the pickups, amp, technique, bass, strings, outboard gear? Or what combination thereof? What matters the most? What matters the least? Have any "secrets" to share? Tone is one of those subjective discussions, but I'm sure that youngsters and tone seekers can get alot from everyone's input. Here's my 2 cent formula 30% Technique 20% Amp 20% The woods on the bass 10% Strings 10% Pickups 10% Outboard effects (ie. preamps) Anyone else have any ideas or comments?