Soooo, got a gig coming up and asked which instrument I'd like to play I answered..."bass!" I have played bass a bit, but I've always treated it like a 4-string guitar - thus I know little about the subtleties of bass playing (& particularly bass rigs) or perhaps better put..."I don't know what I don't know"
ATM I've got a 80's Hohner Jack bass (4 string headless w/EMG's active humbuckers) and a crybaby bass wah (tone sucker of note) and that's it.
Feelwise, the hohner is good, though I've a thing for slimmer, easy playing necks. I had a Ibanez Soundgear Gio and that was super easy playing. I've recently tried a fender P bass (not my thing) and a fender Jazz bass (more like it) - I'm thinking a Ibanez again (Soundgear SR300/500, maybe even a old Ergodyne 700/900?).
Tonewise I'd like a versatile setup that can fit in a 60's cover band (CCR, Beatles, Blues) yet can occasionally scratch my itch with a SWR (slap happy) "hifi" sound. What bits should I be looking for? I'm guessing a Compressor that can blend a dry/wet signal, a smallish amp I can fit in my little car to DI to the PA and
Technically, I've spent some time playing finger style, though I'm still more comfy with a pick. I do get a far warmer/full tone playing solely with the thumb and because I've some some flamenco style nails on the picking hand, I've kinda developed a cross between picado and more traditional bass finger style which sounds a little warmer than a pick but still retains a chunk of the attack/bite I associate with a pick.
Feel free to let me know what I should be thinking about - technique, gear, approach, practice regime - whatever.