I've commented on a few different threads that had to do with using a signature bass to try to capture someone elses tone. My feeling is although the bass plays a role in the tone there are so many other factors involved in trying to capture someone elses tone that simply buying one of their Signature basses doesn't mean you'll have success. So many other factors play into it. The bass amp used, the preamp used if any, the effects used if any, the EQ settings of the preamp, the amp and the bass. And IMO the most important part of a players tone is the players personal playing technique and the SOUND IN THEIR HEAD. Do they use a pick ... if so what kind and what thickness is the pick? Is it plastic or metal? Do they play near the neck or the bridge? Do they use their fingers? How about their finger nails ... do they use them like picks? Are they trimmed short or long? Do they slap or pop? What brand and thickness of strings do they use? Do they REALLY use what they endorse? I must have owned 60 basses so far, everything from cheap Fenders to VERY expensive Alembics but I always sound like ME. My attack, my approach, my choice in strings, my TECHNIQUE. PLUS I'm always trying to find that SOUND IN MY HEAD and that sound in my head is always the goal regardless of the equipment I use to get it. Case in point ... Mark King (from Level 42) has endorsed many different brands of basses From Fender to Status to Alembic and has recorded with all of them. Regardless what bass he uses he ALWAYS has THAT Mark king sound. Geddy Lee use to play Rics's now he plays a Fender Jazz bass but he always gets that Geddy Lee sound. Soooooo I think made my point, I believe trying to get someone elses sound takes much more then using their signature bass and even takes more then using (If you could figure it out) their EXACT setup from start to finish, it also takes being able to COPY their technique and that's usually a lot harder then copying their equipment! ... What do you people think?