Just curious. Everyone has their own way of doing things. I'm always hunting the next sound looking for inspiration in all genres. I find interesting sounds everywhere. Could be a synth line in a movie, an old classic, a tuba or piano, or the sound of a jackhammer or side grinder while I'm at work. I love exploring texture. My approach to tone stems from the production side of things. I like my instruments to be super clean sounding. As clear and uncolored as possible. Neutral pre amps and bright pickups. The thinking is that you can always make it dark, add dirt or distortion, eq or compression. You cant remove those things from an instrument though. This gives so many more tonal directions. Making an ultra clean instrument sound vintage is relatively easy where making a vintage instrument sound modern and clean is a far harder task. If most of you picked up my bass and plugged it straight in, youd likely think it was far too bright and boring sounding. There no right or wrong. People like what they like. I'm just curious as to how the community approaches their favorite sounds.