Need input for bass upgrade
I've been playing bass for about two years now, and I am finally getting set up with a guitarist and a drummer to get a band started. The bass I've been playing to learn on is a cort 4-string action. Nothing special, though for what I paid for it, it plays pretty well with the standard pickups and d'addario strings.
The question I have is this: to upgrade my sound, should I splurge and just buy a new, higher quality instrument (my budget is right around $1,000.00, so I know I have plenty of options there), or would spending $150.00 to $200.00 on a good set of pickups enhance the sound significantly enough that the difference would actually be noticeable, and then get some good amp equipment?
We are looking to write and play Sabbath-y doom/stoner stuff.
Thanks in advance for any help offered to a young, technically inexperienced musician.