hey people. ive just been drafted into my first band. ive been playing for quite awhile now, and i get lessons so i feel im competent enough on my instrument to do this. this alas is not where my problem falls. i listen to extreme/heavy music; fear factory, korn, (hed)p.e., pitchshifter, p.o.d., cannibal corpse, morbid angel, amen, sepultura, static-x, powerman 5000....you get the idea. anyway practicing by myself doesnt really give me an idea of how well my bass would stand out amognst all that distorsion in the guitars. i feel comfident in my bass lines, im just afraid they may be lost among the "noise". i want ta develop a sound like ryknow from mudvayne, rayna from coal chamber or fieldy from korn. reallyn stand out and cut through the noise with a "clicky" sound. (im gettin to the "setup" part...just bare with me...) i know cutting is all to do with the EQ. im just wondering how vital and activbe bass is when it comes to doing what i want to do. you see i currently play a hohner rockwood, passive pickups, fender p-bass copy type thing. its not bad but i feel its more of a beginners bass and i needed to move on. this is why my moms bought me a beautiful 6 string bass for my birthday on the 27th of Oct. thing is it aint active and has no eq. what im asking is 3 things (yes 3!...obnoxious arent i?) 1. how vital is the active electronics/eq? i wouldnt know...ive never played one. without will i still be heard in my band? is there any techniques i can use to make myself more heard? 2. can you get graphic equalisers which are just as good (if not better) as what you get on basses in a foot pedal, or control box, or built into an amp, or something along those lines which would mean i could have the effect of an EQ without having one built into my bass? if so, is this advisable? 3. is there anyway you can convert a passive bass into a active one with an EQ? give it a preamp? etc? should i replace my pickups? i know i went on for a while and this is alot to ask but im really paranoid about this and id feel better with thsi answered. thank you very much who even bothers to read all of my ranting...let alone attempts to diagnose and assist me! much love and respect! AnT! if it helps anyone to evaluate my situation you can see the 6 string bass im getting in question :here!