This is just a hopefully amusing anecdote.
I’ve been playing about three weeks, on a new bass, so I thought, I should have this thing set up professionally. And I found a guy in Dallas to do it, so as directed, I parked behind his building and called him to come out to get the bass. (Quarantine, man. I felt like I was doing a drug deal.)
As he took it out of my car, he asked me, “Just standard tuning?”
And I thought, well, isn’t there more to it than just tuning it? So I stammered out, “I don’t really know what it needs. It’s brand new, but so am I, I’ve only been playing for 3 weeks…”
He nodded and took the bass away.
It wasn’t until sometime after I got home that I realized he was asking me what tuning I wanted on the bass (standard vs. some other scheme), not what I wanted done to it. At least, I think so. Oops!