Of course everyone's bass rig of choice is important to one's individual bass tone but what a lot of people forget is "it's in the hands(or pick) that really translates what you want to say. It's that tone that your rig translates from your fingers(or pick) that has to reach the audience. Too many people get caught up in the equipment side of things. People are constantly searching for their "tone" when they already have it!It's just you don't know you already have it. Remember you can have a Stanley or a Billy play thru anything and you know what they will sound good on just about any rig! You know what I mean... Just listen carefully... YOU have the tone!