Click here to see my bass. 34" scale, alder body, maple neck, pau ferro fretboard, single EMG 40TW in the "sweet spot." I'm using Circle K strings (balanced 039-130), and acoustically, the low-B is nice and articulate. Plugged directly into my Mbox 3 it's messy. I wouldn't quite say muddy or mushy or muffled, just messy; like there are too many overtones/harmonics and not enough fundamental. Switching to single coil clears it up a bit, as well as plucking closer to the neck, but it can still be clearer. Any other suggestions (besides routing and installing a single coil neck pickup which AIN'T happening)? Should I do the EMG 18v mod? Are there particular frequencies I should be adjusting EQ-wise?