Originally Posted by Malak the Mad
The first thing I do whenever I want a different tone is to try another type of strings. It's a lot cheaper and less of a headache that disposing of an "uncooperative" bass.
Real life example; I was about to sell off a Jazz bass that got a pickup upgrade. The sound was fairly bland and disappointment was abound. But before I got rid of it, I decided to try a similar set of strings I'd used (to very good effect) on another bass. The difference was "night and day" and the bass stayed.
I've tried a few different sets at this point, people have given me all kinds of opinions on the best strings to get a good metal growl on bass, but it isn't working for me. Been messing with EQ, boosting mids, boosting high mids, playing near the bridge, playing near the neck, etc. I'm just really frustrated and I have a bunch of pent up anger towards my Ibanez Soundgear at this point.
As an aside, the Ibanez Soundgear models that have the Bartolini pups seem like they are much more growl-y, so that is a distinct possibility as I like the shape a lot. My current Ibanez Soundgear just has active Ibanez pups.