I'd like to hear the opinions of our gracious experts on how much the different 'tone' woods actually affect the voicing of a bass. I just don't know what to believe. I hear differences in my basses, some of which are similar models with different woods. I just wonder what proportion is really the woods, compared to the electronics, finish, hardware, etc. I'm not quite sure I understand the physics of the whole equation: the p'ups 'read' the vibration of the string. I've heard different opinions on where the wood actually comes into the loop. I guess I'm wondering how much the wood really enters into that process, tonally speaking. I'd love to be enlightened... & thanks for all the input so far, this is shaping up to be a great forum!