I still stand by the idea that a bass with just a bridge pickup that close to the bridge is roughly equivalent to a guitar with just a neck pickup.So what does the pickup on a bass pushed all the way toward the bridge sound like? I’m assuming it’s particularly trebly sounding. I know the popular metal tone these days is the Dingwall / DG sound (of which I’m a fan) so can I assume that a bridge humbucker in a bass would give that clanky bright metal tone? (I checked my basses - I don’t have anything that close to the bridge, so I have no reference for sound. Apart from recorded stuff, that is.)
Max is correct that plenty of basses have a pickup in that position, and it sounds fantastic blended with the neck pickup to various degrees and by itself can be a really cool sound for funkier stuff, Isis style lead bass parts etc. But it’s not a sound I’d want to be stuck with as the only sound in bass, especially with no preamp or even passive tone control to shape it. It’s a one trick pony, and not a trick most people will find useful on the regular.
All this to say, it doesn’t make me mad, I’m not losing my shit etc, I just think it’s an odd choice and not something I’d recommend for someone looking for a good all around bass for metal or even rock.