Can you post a picture with your bass/nut?
I will when it gets here.
I’ll likely do my usual pick heavy build post when it is done too
Some of it comes down to the independent piece of wood. The most resonant bass I have owned, my Fender Tele bass, has an Alder body. I agree in general what you say about ash and alder, but each guitar has it’s own voice too. IMO
mass is super important on a bass, but not for tone. for saving your back, shoulders, etc over the long haul. light basses rule.
I’m not a believer in the affect of tone woods on Basses. Acoustic basses have massive bodies to amplify the string vibration, at least compared to acoustic guitars. Pickups seem to have a more nominal affect on the tone.
Weight-wise, to me, if it feels comfortable it’s probably right.
I do. That’s why I ave a few basses with volume knobs only.
That said if you are only relying on tone wood you are in big trouble, lol.