I was in Sam Ash last week fiddling around with basses and amps and pedals. I tried a bunch of stuff, but stuck with playing on the Tone Hammer 500 through an Aguilar 410 neo cab. It sounded fine, not amazing, but better than most other similar rigs. I picked up a few basses, including one that was identical to mine. The one that impacted me the most, however, was a Warwick 5 string. I wish I could remember what model... it had two soap bar humbuckers and resembled a corvette or something. I didn't really like the feel of the bass, but MAN! The low end that came out of that thing was astounding. Not just the B, but the E and the A, too. I mean, it made me grunt audibly. My rig is a Ray34ca with the Nordstrand MM4.2 pickups. I play through an rh750 (swapping for a GB Streamliner 600) and a fender rumble 2x8 over a fEARful 1x12 on a GRAMMA. I use a BBE Sonic Stomp, Empress ParaEQ, and a Wren & Cuff Phat Phuk B for my clean sound. The problem is, I can't get it to sound anywhere near that good. The bass seems boomy (not good boomy, sloppy boomy). The mids and highs are okay, though I could use for smoother highs. And, when I use effects pedals (Swollen Pickle, WMD Super Fatman, MXR288 Octave Deluxe), the sound becomes really not that great.. like.. either harsh, or (in the case of the fuzz) almost like it isn't doing what it's supposed to do. I don't know what the problems are (multiple, I'm assuming, because I can't get a great clean or effects sound). I was wondering if switching the Ray34ca's preamp with another preamp would be beneficial or if I should change my cabs or what.. any advice is welcome.