Okay so my birthday's coming up, and I figured I could go to Guitar Center and find a new bass. Well I didn't really find one for a low price (my parents didn't wanna spend much money). I'm sure some people would tell me that I'd be getting ripped off, but whatever. None of the guitars I tried out (which were just Fenders and a Epiphone Viola Bass, which I liked but won't get right now) had really what I was looking for. They sounded like my Squier that I have now, which is to say, the treble was just sorta...blah. Although the Geddy Lee bass was nice (I LOVED the neck), it was too expensive for me. Well anyway, getting to my point, I decided I'll just spruce up the bass I have now (a black Squier Affinity series P-bass, which I got in one of those starter packs) and I have some questions I would like answered... 1. First I was gonna buy new pick ups (DiMarzio DP127's). Can someone tell me how hard it would be to install pick ups? I havn't unscrewed my pickguard and looked inside, so I wouldn't really know. 2. Could someone give me the names of what the volume and tone control parts are, if I were to go and ask for new ones? I wanted to replace my tone because I figured I shouldn't hear a staticy sort of sound when I turn it. But then I might just replace the electronics, though my volume seems fine. Is there an certain brands I should learn towards? Like maybe one that would have a more diverse tone control without having to install another one? 3. Now after I used that Geddy Lee, I learned what the neck on God's bass guitar is like. It was so heavenly. But anyway, I thought that perhaps I could achieve something like it. So would anyone recommend (or like to stop me from) sanding down the back of my neck? Is there any sort of guide to this kind of thing? Should I not even attempt this? It would probably be one of the last things I try though, but I still want a neck like that Geddy Lee I used. 4. I'm starting to get some pretty nasty buzz with my strings. Would it be best if I bought a new bridge to eliminate this, or is there something more easy to do? I tried putting folded up paper first between the string and the saddle (I believe that's the name of it), as in where the string would rest ontop of the saddle of the bridge. It didn't help too much, so I placed some below between the saddle and the bridge plate (if you understand what I'm saying). Is it possible to put like a strip of thin foam rubber down there to get rid of it? Is there a recommended material? 5. Could someone explain in a nutshell what "copper shielding" is (my guess is that you put a thin sheet of copper around the, for lack of a better term, slot in the body where the electronics go), and also how hard it is to do, if it's highly recommended and possibly a guide to doing it (I'm pretty sure I saw one around here before. If there's one with pictures I'd greatly appreciated, if not then that's fine). 6. Is it hard to laminate a fret board? Simple yes or no. If no, then could someone send me a guide to it? 7. I was thinking about putting a large black decal over my pickguard since I don't wanna pay $50 for a new pickguard and I think my father could get one at work. Does anyone have any reason why I shouldn't use this on my pickguard? The only thing I could think of is it possibly getting scratched up if I use a pick, which is a possibility, but I don't really see that happening. Alright, well that's all the ones I can think of for now. Thank you TONS in advance for any help anyone can give me.