New to bass here. I do not know where this discussion will go since I have less knowledge about bass so here it goes.
I am wondering, out of the whole elements in bass, which one do you think has a larger role to produce good sound? The wood of the body or the pickup/electronic?
Why are there bass players who use vintage bass rather than new ones? Marcus Miller is known to use 1977 Fender Jazz bass and Pino Palladino is known to use 1963 Fender Precision for example. Is it because they’re looking for the body? I suppose newer pickups/electronics is much better than the vintage ones? Are the wood of the body of these vintage basses are much better than newer ones? CMIIW
I understand that ideally the body and the electronics are great. But if you must choose one would you have :
A. Bass with body from solid wood but mediocre pickups OR;
B. Bass with body made of so-so wood but great pickups/electronics