Need pickup/pre advice
Greetings, I have a Conklin USA 6 string with Bart DC pickups (with series/single/parallel switches for both), and Bart preamp. I've had it for about a year, the tone is ok but not very natural sounding. I want to replace the pickups and pre, but I can only afford to do one of them right now. I'm not sure which to do first. I find the pre to be VERY unmusical if moving eq knobs any more than a slight turn away from the center detent. The pickups have a decent sound, albeit with quite artificial midrange sound (that typical Bart midrange that everyone seems to love). I find myself trying to eq out that midrange sound, but it's not possible. I want to keep the DC 3 way switching, so I will probably go with nordstrand DCs (there's no way I'd get any other pickup, Carey is simply the best). Not sure what I'd get for a pre, probably a glockenklang (or something that I can do more EQing without sounding like I'm strangling my bass).