I've been playing guitar for...at least 20 years now (had to think for a sec lol)
Here's what I learned from the past few months of transitioning:
1. How dynamic bass playing really is.
I miss the natural compression you get from playing distorted guitars. The bass has really shown me how much my picking lacks control... I'm a very fast, hard, and a major downpicker, I've never had to grasp control of how hard/soft I pick. I mean it was eye-opening! The worst part of it (for the style my band is) is that the bass isn't often the center of attention.
2. The bass guitar's scale matters WAY more depending on your tuning??
Currently, I have 2 5-string basses and 1 4-string that are all 34" scale. My band plays in two tunings: C# and Eb (both standard). All 3 basses I have play and sound great in Eb, but when tuning down to C# and I hit a string, the attack is there but it decays REAL fast. I've tried bigger strings, but since they're way bigger than guitar's, the chance of fret buzz quickly escalates compared.
3. Trouble deciding what tone is best.
My setup gives many different tone abilities (My rig: MXR DI+ > Peavey Firebass 700 > Peavey 8x10)
...but I'm going round and round changing my tone from:
-Warm aka treble backed a lot
-Scooped, heading into Korn/Mudvanye territory
-Mild distortion but then getting pissed at the highs I can't get rid of...
I keep ending up dialing everything at 12 O clock, then tweak from there.
4. Other tone issues
-Going between dialing too much low end or not enough
-The low "B string" rumbles the room like crazy compared to the other 4
5. Bass strings are higher off the fretboard?
I have to do the Alex Webster thing and set the strings too close to the fretboard and i'm in clicky-clacky city. Thank god I'm familiar with adjusting the truss rod and intonation.
6. A community for a Metal bassist isn't as grand as a metal community for a guitarist. And yes, I have an account at the Talk Bass forums, but stopped going there after a month when first switching to bass.
Soooo any pointers/comments from other bassists would be very helpful!! Would I benefit from a 35" scale? I'm selling one of my basses to find for a Brice.
A 35"-scale bass would definitely help. I always preferred 34"-scale simply because I like the raw/rattly/dirty sound and had a hard time getting that with a 35"-scale.