When playing the bass guitar
, having good callouses on the fingers
of both hands
is only slightly less important
than having an instrument to play, and is certainly more important
than an amp
or an appropriate string guage
or stomp boxes
or a badass attitude
or musical knowledge
Don't believe me? You try grooving on round wound steel strings for 30 minutes with virgin fingers, and just you wait and see how much skin is left on your fingers and how much is embedded in the strings.
This could be one reason why chicks dig the piano player, or at least prefer him over the bass player: a pianist's hands aren't usually a glove made of dead skin.