Do any of you approach what bass you buy/play by how it sits in a mix? Whether its on a track or a live mix. Does this factor in for you and what have you learned over the years by selecting basses on this criteria? For example, I've owned several basses from different manufacturers in the past and have had different levels of success with them in a live mix. Currently, I am a big fan of the Carvin SB series basses. One of the many reasons for this is how well it cuts/sits in a live mix. When I play my Alder/Maple boarded/fretted SB5000 in any live mix, it fits in well. It carves a nice sonic space for itself in between the kick and low end of the guitars. Recently, I A/B'ed a Squier Vintage Modern J Bass at practice with my Carvin SB5000. It was like a magic trick. When I played the SB, everyone in the band could hear me clearly. When I played the Squier Vintage Modern, no matter how I adjusted the input gain, EQ or master, the band had a much harder time hearing me. It was as if my bass had vanished from the mix. So back to the original question. Over the years, have you become cognizant of this phenomenon and choose basses accordingly? If so, what basses do you go to for certain mixes? I personally like my maple boarded/fretted SB5000 for any gig. My fretless SB5001 seems to work better in scaled down, acoustic settings where there is more sonic space.