I just got my first ever brand-new Jazz bass (08 Am Std, black/maple), and at first was thrilled with the tone. After a day of honeymooning, however, it started to feel dull and sterile. After a few weeks of putting up with this, I started contemplating a pickup change or a new bass. But before I did that, I decided to fiddle with the pickup heights. At first I raised the pickups, which seemed like the obvious thing to do. But the sound just became a big, round, nondescript boom. So THEN I tried lowering both pickups as far as they would go, with the bridge just a tad higher than the neck, and sweet Jesus it sounded fantastic! The most harmonic, rich, musical growl I've heard out of a bass - easily as nice as any Fender CS I've played. I was so surprised that this could make so much difference; it was like increasing the distance to the strings made the p/ups only pick up the gutsiest parts of the sound. I'm really thrilled now, I couldn't believe it. Has anyone else experienced this?