I was perusing through threads and got an idea to post this. I wanted to start a thread on tips for making a bass better for little to no money and wanted to see if anyone came up with other stuff I couldn't think of. So here goes: 1) Boil old strings. Cost $0 (unless you count electricity/gas and water and time). If you have dead strings and no cash, pop the strings off and coil them up. Boil a pot of water (enough to immerse them in) and let them soak for about 5 minutes at the most. Uncoil, dry, shake out, then put them back. Better sound in 5 minutes. 2) Change a 9v preamp to an 18. Cost $10 or less (assuming you have a cavity that will fit). This may be more for EMG, but most systems are similar. If you cut the negative lead on the battery clip and strip the area at the ends of the remaining leads, you can add another battery clip (cheap at radio shack) by soldering the pos lead from it to the neg at the original clip. Then take the neg side of the new clip and send it to the neg side that goes to the jack. Replace the 2 batteries, you have more headroom. Added cost for batteries is worth it though. Anyone else?