Hello I normally play guitar but recently got promoted at work and also received a hefty tax return, so I decided to buy a bass. I snatched a Gibson Tobias Growler 5 (which apparently has some hate). I like the playability & features but tonally, not exactly what I want. I don't know ANYTHING about bass tone. What I want though is something modern. Main inspirations are Dir en Grey (newer prog metal stuff) and Tool but I don't necessarily want to copy them. To break it down: punchy thunderous lows, growly low-mids, and sizzly highs. I record thru an active DI; doesn't seem to be a problem w/ my active preamp. No pedals or dirt plugins. Currently, the Growler has a Bartolini MM which is versatile but doesn't NAIL the tone that I would be using 90% of the time (see above). It does have a nice low-mid growl but the highs are too warm and the lows are more round than punchy. I've changed the strings to Pro Steels and swapped the brass bridge to an aluminum bridge. It helped add some low end tightness & punch but still not as aggressive as I would like. Does anyone have suggestions on pickup replacement? Hopefully that will do the trick and I don't need to sell/trade my bass guitar. If you think I do though, please entertain me with bass guitar suggestions. Just curious.