Yesterday I accompanied a friend who went to buy a guitar. So I was tied up for the couple of hours we spent in a music shop in Dublin. At one stage someone took a bass from the rack and plugged it in to an amp. He then adjusted the amp until the sound of the bass was almost indistinguishable as a bass. The sound was so distorted that a listener listening blind would be hard pressed to say it was a bass, let alone the type of bass being played. I intended to ask him what type of music he played or what songs that sound worked for but when I had a free moment, he was gone.
So my question is: what type of music benefits from extremely distorted bass and/or why would a bassist set up that kind of sound in the first place? This is not a criticism of his playing but asked merely out of interest. Oh, my friend bought a Taylor acoustic guitar - a lovely instrument that sounds great fingerstyle (his preferred way of playing guitar).
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]