I’ve been reading about piezo pickups and that they can be so clear that they really show off all your imperfections.
Then I read that modern (and maybe just more expensive?) piezo electronics use built in compression to minimize this affect.
From there I’ve been digging into how greater force leads to more pronounced harmonic overtones. Which took me into the world of piano hammers. Then I felt like that was taking me in a direction I wasn’t ready to go.
So I started looking more into how tube amps function and why they sound the way they do.
I’m starting to understand why I haven’t been able to find more information on all this as it applies to bass. If you’re recording or playing in a top tier touring band you might be able to capture these nuances for the listener but if you’re playing clubs on a budget the only person that would ever even notice is you and that one musician in the crowd. Who’s response would likely max out as, “Nice tone tonight.”
I’m really interested to see where all this research goes. Not because it seems very practical but just because it’s interesting.