I need some experienced hands to help me out here. I have two squier VMJ basses - love 'em. sold more expensive stuff and just work these over pretty well.. one characteristic of this bass that seems consistent between the two, and can come in very handy is that they are pretty 'hot' in the range of roughly the 7th to, say, 12th fret. a little more pronounced on the treble strings but that may be my setup/strings. its a great range of tones there, except that sooner or later I gotta move on to the rest of the neck! so the contrast is pretty severe, especially the older the strings get. I'm wondering what tweaks I can make to the pups, the neck geometry, the strings, to soften the contrast between that sweet spot and the lest pronounced tones I get from the rest? currently, both are tuned down to D-G-C-F and, barring a detune further, I'll probably leave them there - one with pressurewound [ghs] and one with regular nickels - heavy gauge 50-110. ordinarily I am playing with no effects. a mistake I may be making is I tend to adjust pickups as close to the strings as I can without interference - I do use almost the whole fretboard so I have to keep a little distance there. plus the strings are a tad flabby on the lower frets due to the tuning suggestions?