What the heck is the problem? My made in Tawian, no name, economy bass with 2 cheap, generic soap bar pick ups sounds better than my prized G&L ASAT signature bass! And one of the pick ups on the Taiwan doesn't even work and neither does the tone pot, yet it has a much deeper and defined tone than the G&L. Granted the Taiwan bass is a bear to play and when I got it the fret spouts were so long, I had to call in a tree service to trim the branches and get a tetanus shot from all the cuts and scratches. Nevertheless, try as I may I can't get that deep yet defined sound from my G&L. I've tried most every combination; active/passive, boost/no boost, EQ the amp I am playing into a Peavey Mark IV head, Peavey 1x15 cab & 2x10 cab The G&L gets plenty loud but rather than deep and defined it is crunchy and bright Is that just the nature of the pick ups? Perhaps I have unwittingly discovered the best pick ups for metal? Shame, as I'm playing R/B Motown type tunes Side note: what bass is this suppose to be a copy of?