Something that has been on my mind recently is the dogma I was raised with that the best way to develop your tone and sound quality was to play on an acoustic instrument. I heard it from all the guitar teachers and bass teachers throughout my time primarily studying classical and jazz DB. But now that I primarily play BG, I realize why so many BGers rightfully ignore this old chestnut. DB is clearly a completely different thing than BG, and i was wrong to be banging on my BG with my jazz pizz technique for all those years. ABGs are cool, but don't really produce enough volume in low frequencies to help much with tone shaping. There's just not an analogous acoustic instrument that works for what BGers would need to get something out of that kind of practice. That said, I do have an ABG that I string up an octave up from my BG, with similar strings and setup in order to get this kind of practice. I think it's worthwhile, especially for cleaning up articulation in fast passage and other right hand stuff. Thoughts? Do any other BGers see value in playing an acoustic analogue? What do you do to get that kind of benefit? Is it better to just plug your BG into a super transparent amp and headphones to get that develop of tone.