I own several basses and my least expensive one is an all black Squier Active Deluxe 4-string. I absolutely love the way this instrument looks with its black fretboard and no fret markers. But I'm having a difficult time getting the the right tone from it. It is very midrangey, to the point of sounding nasally, no matter how I adjust it. I prefer the deep, fat sound most often heard in R&B music. I typically use flat and semi-flat strings and I have upgraded the nut and the pickups on this and most of my other basses with DeMarzio Super Jazz pickups, but this bass continues to maintain its nasally sound. As a last resort I am considering having it gutted and totally re-done. But if you guys (and gals) have a less expensive suggestion I would certainly love to hear it. Keeper of the looow end.