Hello there, A buddy of mine has lent me a '71 Musicmaster bass to use for some projects we're working on. I've never owned a bass as I have been very fortunate to have great friends in that we use each others gear, with precision and care. I have always played guitar so the standard 34" scale never really suited me. Also, I've got petite hands, HA! So, I was looking around for a short scale on budget and quickly realized after playing close to a dozen under the $500 price range that I wasn't going to be happy. Until however my buddy mentioned he had a short scale bass that had been sitting in his closet since the mid 90's. So I took the thing all apart cleaning and polishing all of the hardware and touched up some shoddy solder connections as well as did some minor fret work and a minor set up. Now this thing sings! My only question is: is it possible to switch out the stock pick-up to be more "bass" sounding? The stock pickup has a bit of hum to it, not to mention is on the treble side. I don't want to modify the pick guard or the body, however maybe there is a modern equivalent available on the market that has more low end response? Is it also true that short scale bass guitars typically have a bit less of a "bass" sound? I haven't much experience with these types of things. Any suggestions or possible solutions? I am playing this through several amplifiers and I have noticed minimal differences with the bass adjustment, however the tube amps seem to have a bit more sag and less attack when picking, which I like. Thank you.