I've been gigging for about 17 years now and I'm still struggling with this sentiment that your tone comes from your hands. I understand that the way you attack the strings, and where you attack them can make a difference in the tone ie; brighter near bridge, warmer near the neck etc. But what I don't seem to be able to get into my head is, how can there be such a large difference between how I play a fretted bass, and how another player plays it? Does it have something to do with the thickness of your fingers? Maybe it's the amount of skin you allow to touch the strings? I don't really know, but it's been bothering me lately and I thought I'd ask here to see if anyone can give me any plain language explanation. I tried a search but didn't really come up with much. I don't really come to this section of TalkBass very often so I'm sorry if this has already been discussed to death. Like I said, I did try a search first and came up empty. Thanks for any help.