I played an outdoor gig on my Old American Standard bass last night, and for the most part, it did very well...good tone, nice action, etc. I haven't played it much since I got my carved bass, but it's nice to have for outdoor gigs since it doesn't seem to mind the humidity as much. I noticed two things during the first set: First, the strings are way closer to the treble side of the fingerboard than they are to the bass side, closer in fact than I ever remember them being. Second, the bass sounded more "G" string heavy than I ever remember it sounding before, and a little weak on the "E" string, which is the opposite of the way I remember it sounding when it was my regular bass. I've heard the portion of the fingerboard "East" of the G string and "West" of the E string referred to as "Free Board" by several other bassists, and I've noticed that different basses seem to be set up differently in this respect. My German bass has the strings set right smack in the middle of the fingerboard, with the same amount of "Freeboard" on either side, but I've seen other basses where it isn't so even - on some, the strings seem closer to the bass side, ond on others, closer to the treble. My question is, does this make any difference? How does it affect the tone, if at all? And could this have anything to do with the strange tonal balance I was noticing last night? Thanks in advance.