So, I have 2 basses. A 2005 Fender American Deluxe P, and a MM Sterling as a back-up... The Fender electronics have been kind of wonky the last year. I've had a couple different techs look at it and we've replaced a couple different pots. It's working better, but it's still just too dang noisy. Ground buzz when not touching the strings, and if you touch any of the poles on the pups you get a horrible noise. Short of chasing a ghost forever I'm half tempted to rip out all the electronics and pups and replace everything.... But that ain't cheap. The Sterling was getting more action due to the condition of the Fender so I decided to buy a nice aftermarket replacement pup from a very reputable pick-up manufacturer.... Now it is noisier than it was before (it was dead quiet) and I can't tell a huge difference in sound... I'm half tempted to sell them both and start over. Ugh. Sorry. Just needed to vent.