How important is the visual "vibe" of a bass" I just wanted to start a discussion about the importance of a basses appearance for those who play out. The type of appearance is immateriel. But how important is it for you to have your bass be shiny clean or worn in, vintage(fender)style or the latest in bass technology, how important is color, etc? Should these things be as important as function? I am sure we have all seen basses that play great, but just don't look as cool. I ask this, because I am in a alterna-pop rock band (somewhere beweeen Third eye Blind and Jars of Clay), and I always take appearance "vibe" in to consideration when I choose my basses. I am wondering if anybody else feels the same way, or I am just Shallow I know there are basses that would sound as good , and would be easier to play then my upgraded Fender precision(one of my main basses) such as many Ibanez, Washburn, ESP, MTD etc, but most of those basses , while they would sound as good, would not (for the most part, there are exceptions) fit the bill as far as appearance and vibe is concerned. As a subpoint, does a "vibey" bass bring out music in you? it does for me.