This has been on my mind for a while, and just gets reinforced almost every time I open a FS/FT thread. It's kind of come to the forefront as I contemplate getting my first P bass. I've noticed the majority of basses owned and FS/FT here tend to be some kind of natural finish, whether it's tan, dark brown, or whatever the color of the wood it. I find most of these basses at best boring to look at. At worst I hate finishes like Tobacco Sunburst - I think they look like the toilet after a bad night of indigestion (no offense to those with one ). Oh and I hate tortoise shell pickguards too - awful! Now don't get me wrong, I like the look of the wood grain, but I think it's even better when it's seen through a translucent color finish. I love the quilted color finishes too. So back to the original question - why do bassists seem to love natural finishes? The majority of guitars I see played and in catalogs are either solid colors or something other than natural. And yet, it seems basses get more love around here when they are some kind of natural finish. I'm sure I'm the weirdo and in the minority here, but it will be fun to read the replies. Flame away!