This bass is original except for a stripped finish and it sounds outstanding, the neck is killer, it's very light weight and resonant, so of course I want it to be the best it can be! I installed a set of rounds a while back but wonder how big I can go on the gauge, the tension is very easy and it sounds good but will it sound bigger with a bigger gauge set? What about flats on these Musicmasters, anyone favor them? I am probably going to refinish the bass in black (as it was originally) but what do you folks think of a cool custom Fender color instead of black, is this a mistake? One other thing, I have contemplated pulling the original stock single coil to try in one of my Strats........is there ANY pickup that improves over the stock Musicmaster pickup?