Myself, coming from the 6 string guitar world, the emphasis on guitars in general, is how the guitar "rang out" or "resonates" etc....even unplugged. However, after a year or so on the bass forums like Talk Bass, I find little discussion or emphasis on "resonance" or "how the bass rings out"....or maybe I am missing those threads. Way more discussion about overall build quality, pickups, combinations of different woods, scale length, the neck, how it balances, string types etc...all of these are very valid points too. Now maybe I have NOT played enough high end basses made with multiple woods and extremely high quality overall to appreciate them....but I have heard plenty on recordings. Of course how you "play the bass" is very important...picking, using 1 or 2 or 3 fingers and how the bass hangs and is set up is crucial for playability & comfort and we all differ a bit in this regard . I get all of that. I come from the school of "how well the neck and body work together is FIRST priority" in terms of "ringing out" but am I wrong here? Are there basses that sound seemingly "dead unplugged" but "sound stellar thru an amp"? Is it because the many types of active pickups, preamps and EQ adjustments, the "tone shaping" availability..... that overshadows how the bass actually "resonates" or "rings out"? Sure, a Fender P bass is a "plug and play" bass, but many basses tend to get quite a bit of tone shaping either on the bass or at the amp vs 6 string guitars. Anyhow, how many of you folks make "body & neck resonance" a first priority....and if not first, where does it lie in overall terms when evaluating a bass?