The title of this thread can be taken as a statement or as a question. I do not claim any expertise here but I'd like to offer an observation as someone who listens to a ton of music, both live and recorded, and has played bass for about 25 years. There is this notion that certain EQ shapes and certain types of gear (strings, pickups, basses, etc.) will either help you cut through a mix or get you lost in the mix. These terms are aimed at guitarists as much as they are at bassists, and have become an advertising cliché. It seems to be the accepted theory that mid-heavy tones are what will cut through. Others say that playing live is all about highs. Others say that you want to take up that sonic space just above the kick drum. The thing is, I think they're all correct. In my experience as a music listener and audience member I can say that I've heard all kinds of bass tones that were in the forefront of a mix. It seems to be simply a matter of how loud the soundman wants the bass player to be in relation to the rest of the band. He can accomplish this by turning up the bass relative to the other instruments, EQ'ing the bass around other instruments, or EQ'ing other instruments around the bass. The truth is, I think we've all heard bass tones, both live and on record, which were very present in the mix, and which we would objectively describe very differently: mid bumped, mid-scooped, even the so-called bedroom tone. It seems to be a myth to say that if your bassline is buried in your band's mix, it's something inherent to your tone. I think it's more accurate to say that the band hasn't figured out it's recipe yet--who's going to fit where and how in the sonic spectrum.