It's funny when you think of it, but bassplayers tend to use Basses suited to their sound and style. Playing in a prog metal band shaped me into develloping an agressive finger style lead bass playing and it took a roulation of basses before finding the ideal tone to suit that kind of playing. My style basically is Jack Bruce style melodic playing combined with Steve Harris style gallopping After trying out several five strings and even a Six string and a whole lot of Fender like basses. I settled for the twang of a 1976 Rickenbacker 4001 and a self made made flamed maple Rickenbacker copy with Jazz bass pickups (which as it stands sounds nothing like a Jazz bass at all.) Tuned B-E-A-D to cover the lower tuned songs. What I love about my Ricks is their slick playing feel, the "Take it or leave it" treble sound and the deep punch from the neck pickup. Because a Rick isn't really an all round bass, it usually takes some time getting to tame your rick (and fellow Rickenbacker owners will testify) but when you do it's the most dependable bass ever. I plug my basses straight into my Kustom 300 Watt Solid State head with the matching 2x15 cab, I usually leave the mids backed off with the highs open at three quarts and the lows open fully.