This is mainly for @eric.kiser (on “request”), but perhaps also of some interest for others!?
I made a quick recording of two basses (a P/J and a J/J(M)) to give an idea of the tonal possibilities (combined with two plucking positions - towards the neck or closer to the bridge).
The bass pre-amps were flat into an equally flat amp (Bergantino B|Amp with a little bit of compression) and from there via the amp’s DI to an Audient ID4 interface and into a MacBook Pro with Garageband.
I did not adjust the levels of the different recordings, which means this reflects the different output from the different pickups, but also the fact the Sandberg had 9 month old strings, whereas the Mayones had brand new strings (and perhaps the 18V preamp of the Mayones vs. the 9V preamp of the Sandberg) And, there was also some variation from my playing.
I only use finger style here… it’s also pretty much all I am capable of providing…
The extremes are, of course, 100% neck pickup and played towards the neck on the one side, and 100% bridge pickup played close to the bridge. And the latter gives, of course, that quacky or burpy sound, @eric.kiser