I saw this on another website and thought I'd repost it to see if there are any similar answers: Recently I grabbed a buddy's ken smith and began doodling around on. It sounded so different. I'm pretty sure the strings werent new or anything. I wanted to hear any opinions on determing a bass's tone or at least the tone of the wood from playing it unplugged. Also another thing I noticed... Since I am always cold, I wear a sweater with a hood. If any part of the bass is touching the hood ( i wear my bass kind of high so I guess one of the wings would touch) the vibrations from the bass transfer to the hood. The hood is of course.. on my head and touching my ear. I can feel the vibrations and hear (what I think is) the tone of the actual wood almost as if it was an acoustic bass but of course its not even close to as loud and it doesnt sound like an acoustic bass. WOuld this be a good way to determine the tone of the wood\construction?