I recently heard the song "Red Solo Cup" by Toby Keith, and while I am not a fan of Keith, his lowest-common-denominator thinking, or the need to celebrate disposable cups in song, I am pretty darn convinced that there's an Ashbory bass on the recording. Take a listen and see what you think:http://youtu.be/BKZqGJONH68
In other news, I've made some progress on my Ashbory tone quest. I've found that the tone I like best so far is as follows:
Thumb/index plucking (see above posts)
onboard Volume - all way up, Treble - middle, Bass - all the way down
Tube preamp to take the edge off the attack
I had been recording with the bass control at the middle position before, and I noticed when mixing it was hard to get the instrument as loud as I needed it to be without the low end being overwhelming. DI still sounds too direct, so I will probably experiment with re-amping the bass or using a good convolution reverb to get some room tone going. Will report back on that.