A few years ago I bought an Ibanez BTB. I don't know if the guitar place put me under a spell or what because I bought the thing. I love the looks of it, the wide neck etc. Its got the worst tone Ive ever heard come out of a bass. I spent many a nights playing around with the controls on my bass and amp and no luck. I seriusly cant even sell it. Nobody even wants it. I've gone down as far as 250.00 plus the hardshell bass case and strap locks, and no luck. I know ill never get back what I paid for it. Does it just have to many bells and whistles. Bass, Treble, Mid, mid freq adjust, blend, volume. Im in love with the jazz bass and its sound. And i know this can't reproduce the same sound, but come on, for the price I paid for it, I expect more. I saw a vid of Bill Dickens playing his conklin, and it has the same type of pickups. Not the same brand, mind you, but the same style(soapbar) His sounded great. So can I gut this thing, buy a decent pre and pickups, and make it at least sound decent? All I know it this was the last Ibanez I will ever buy. My cheap SR which was my first bass didnt even sound that bad.