While shopping for my first bass, I came across a combination I've never seen before: a used medium scale bass (32") with slanted pickups. A medium scale bass might be an easier transition for me since I play guitar, so I did some reading (see long, opinionated article) and learned that the shorter scale will affect the tone. I also learned that slanted, skewed, or angled pickups will change the tone of the strings relative to each other. The long scale basses (34") of this model do not have slanted pickups.
Was the slant put in to compensate for tonal changes from the shorter scale/is it likely that all medium scale basses of this model have slanted pickups? I imagine it would have been difficult for the original owner to change the orientation of the pickups. If I buy a medium scale bass, should I look for one with slanted pickups because their tone will be more similar to their long scale versions?
Now that I'm aware pickups can be slanted in either direction, I'll specify that this pickup is farther from the bridge on the E string side, and closer to the bridge on the G string side. Here's an image of one of the pickups, if it makes a difference:
If you compare the pickup angle with the little bit of the bridge that you can see in the lower left, the slant becomes more clear.