I would put a TL;DR at the end but I'm not sure how to summarize this accurately. Sorry. I have just about as much grasp on gear and what it all means and how it contributes to tone as a beginner who's googled the vaguest of questions for a week and I've been playing for nearly 3 years. For example, for my birthday I went out and bought myself a new rig (been playing on my bandmate's ancient beat up ampeg head and cab that sounded horrible), an Ampeg SVT-7 Pro (I'm into metal and play in a metal band, so I've found my favorite bassists and bands throwing the Ampeg name around a bunch as well as the other bassists in my scene) and an Ampeg SVT 4x10 500 watt cab. That day I heard some words. Preamp. Tube. Tweeter. In regards to tone, I don't actually understand it at all. I don't understand frequencies or how they work; sure I know what a frequency is, but I don't get how Rob Chapman for instance can play a guitar and say something like "The bridge humbucker pickup is great but this single-coil neck pickup just isn't quite reaching the frequencies I'd like it to reach." I don't understand how somebody can tell that sort of thing by ear, regardless of the fact that I don't really understand humbuckers vs whatever else, single vs double coil, etc. Being a bassist and listening to other bassists talk about tone and messing with knobs myself over these last few years, I'd settled on a tonal idea of max mids with maybe 2/3rds bass and 2/5ths treble (at least with aforemetioned ancient ampeg and my own combo amp at home), but a fellow bassist told me something I'd never even thought of: "I can tell that you set your tone the way you do because you've been listening to too many Alex Webster interviews (which is true). What you don't realize is that yeah the way he sets up his tone is awesome with his gear; his head, his pedals, and his bass. Its not necessarily going to be the best idea for your gear though." Again, I've always sort of just assumed... you know... you cut/boost your bass this much and mids this much and treble this much and you'll get x sort of sound. Even though I knew having similar knob-turnage as someone with high-end gear was never going to sound anywhere near as good or even as close in tone, I didn't/don't know why that is. And talking to a dude who knows about production and the computer/micing side of things, hearing him talk about "compression" and this and that and the other. Everything music beyond "bass, head, cab, strings" kinda flies over my head. So yeah, if anybody can point me to a guide on this sort of thing I'd really appreciate it. I just would love to better understand all this so I don't feel like an idiot like I did when I asked what the difference between a 4x10 and 8x10 cab is and why the added speakers even matter (which for the record I still couldn't tell you what they do despite make the cab a pain in the ass to load/unload).