So I'm a guitarist but I've dabbled in the ways of bass before and although I havn't played a lot of basses, the ones I have played all feel the same. There wasn't any noticable qaulity differences like I feel with guitars. Do all basses really feel the same or have I just not played enough?
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Not played enough. I get exactly the same with Electric Guitars. But EVERY bass to me feels and sounds completely different. Its just cos you're not totally used to the feel, sound and tone of the Bass yet. It'll come in time.
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Picking is a huge thing too. If you grab a bass, and start slamming around with a pick on it, chances are you won't find a huge difference, however, if you take time to learn the ways of the bass, you will feel the difference instantly.
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I'll bet that when you started out on guitar, you felt the same, at least to some extent. To be honest, it's the same with anything - bass, guitar, car, flat, etc etc - when you're new to it, you're overwhelmed by the novelty, but once you have experience, you can pick out the subtle (and not so subtle) differences.

It's pretty much what JTNorquay said - if (for example) you are a guitarist who occasionally fills in on bass duties, you could literally use any bass, slam it for an hour and a half (or whatever), and do the same thing over and over with different basses. It'll give the basic sound, and that's all you need. If you decide to progress with it properly, you'll soon pick up on what you like/dislike etc.

For the record, I can't really tell the difference between my crappy power tele, and my brother in law's PRS custom. His cost over 10 times mine, but as I'm not a guitarist, they do the same job (i.e. noodling about like a 12 year old).
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I have noticed that the longer you play a certain instrument and the more comfortable you become with it, the more you will notice the differences between say a $500 instrument and a $1500 instrument. The differences can be small, but they can make all the difference in the world to a very skilled musician who plays highly technical or difficult songs.
If you start picking up some higher end basses on a quality rig, you'll definitely notice.

34" vs 35" scale basses feel pretty different. Neck through (more sustain) vs bolt on. String differences (steel vs nickel, etc) are pretty significannt on bass too.

These basses have distinctly different flavors and feels to them: Peavey Cirrus, Warwick (the real ones- Thumb, etc), Musicman Stingray.
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I had only played p-bass for two years,and I picked up a cheap j bass knockoff and tell the difference intsantly(rough finish etc) you just get a feel for it.
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